Led by a league-leading four preseason first-team All-South Atlantic Conference players, the Wingate men’s soccer team is poised to have another strong season.
Senior forward Gui Peron of Sao Paulo, Brazil, scored a team-high 10 goals last season, with two assists giving him 22 points, also tops on the team.
All-SAC junior midfielders Shaun Gadsby and Liam Gillesphey, both from Newcastle, England, are expected to play key roles. Gadsby led the Bulldogs with five assists last season, and his 17 points were second only to Peron.
If the Bulldogs are to have a successful season, the defense will have to lock down opponents.
Brazilian senior Victor Tozelli, another preseason first-team All-SAC selection, and sophomore Callum Ross of Newcastle are ones to watch. Bulldogs opponents were held to 1.06 goals per game and 9.6 shots per game in 2013, while notching seven shutouts.
Tozelli, Ross and the Bulldogs defense will have the pressure of protecting first-time starting sophomore goalkeeper Stephen Banick of Pickerington, Ohio.
Bulldog volleyball reigns in SAC
The Bulldogs volleyball team is serving for nine consecutive regular-season SAC titles.
During their winning run, the Bulldogs have captured eight SAC tournament championships, made five Sweet 16 appearances and three trips to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Wingate has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division II volleyball since the start of 2007 and is ranked 15th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll.
Wingate was 32-3 last year, going 22-0 in the SAC.
Wingate’s numbers since 2007:
• 227-15 overall record.
• .938 winning percentage, best in the nation during that time.
• 192-8 mark in the regular season.
• 120-2 in SAC matches.
• 21-0 record in the SAC Tournament.
• 60-1 record in conference road contests; the Bulldogs have gone undefeated in the SAC six times.
• 83-match league-leading winning streak snapped early in the 2012 season.
• 37 consecutive conference wins.
Wingate led the nation in winning percentage in 2007, 2010 and 2011, ranked third in 2008 and 2009, fourth in 2012 and seventh in 2013.
The Bulldogs have had the SAC Player of the Year in each of the past five seasons, while also having at least one player named to an All-American team every year since 2009.