The two NCAA Division III preseason polls have been released and unsurprisingly Trinity features highly in both polls. The women are ranked in tenth, while the men come ranked slightly higher in fifth.
There was high hopes last year for the Trinity women to challenge for a national title, but those hopes were dashed when they exited the NCAA National Tournament surprisingly early. That perhaps sees why the Tigers have dropped so low, while switching their coach out to Dylan Harrison may have also had an impact.
Despite that, Trinity have returned 10 starters from 2015 and could well beat those odds. There was a split in the rankings with D3soccer.com giving Trinity a ranking of seventh, while the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) gave the Tigers a ranking of 10th.
The men sit a little higher than the women’s team, having advanced further in the NCAA Championship, getting to the quarters. Both the D3soccer.com and NSCAA polls put Trinity at fifth ahead of the season.
Just like the women, Trinity will be returning 10 starters from 2015 for the new season, but they have one important difference. Coach Paul McGinlay returns for his 26th season at the field now named after him after spending the offseason off the pitch with San Antonio FC, McGinlay sounds confident heading in to the new season.