The Hope College men’s soccer team finished third in the 2015 Michigan Intercollegiate
Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll announced on Monday.
Coach Steven Smith’s Flying Dutchmen received one first-place vote and totaled 21
points. Coaches could not vote for their own teams. Calvin took the top spot with
seven points, while Kalamazoo came in second with 15 points.
Hope placed ahead of fourth-place Alma (21 points), fifth-place Olivet (28), sixth-place
Albion (35), seventh-place Adrian (42) and eighth-place Trine (46).
In 2015, the Flying Dutchmen are aiming for the 17th consecutive season with double-digit
wins. Hope posted a 13-7-1 record last season while taking third in MIAA play with
an 8-5-1 league record.
The Flying Dutchmen kick off practice this week. This season is Smith’s 26th as head
Heading into the 2015 season, Smith ranks 13th among all active NCAA Division III
coaches in wins and 18th nationally among all active Division III coaches by winning
Smith's record through the 2014 season is 350-122-40. His mark against MIAA opponents
Hope’s 2015 season opener is Tuesday, Sept. 1, against Grace Bible College at Van
Andel Soccer Stadium.
1. Calvin – 7 points (7)
2. Kalamazoo – 15 points
3. Hope – 21 points (1)
4. Alma – 28 points
5. Olivet – 30 points
6. Albion – 35 points
7. Adrian – 42 points
8. Trine - 46 points