On Monday, the MIAA released their 2012 Men's Soccer preaseason coaches poll and Alma ended up seventh in the voting, two points ahead of eighth place Kalamazoo.
"The bottom line is that it comes down to what we believe we can do, not what others think we will do," said Scots Head Coach Josh Oakley. "I have no doubt that we will be better this season and we are really looking forward to getting started on Saturday."
Defending tournament champion Hope has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's soccer championship.
The Flying Dutchmen, who finished second to Calvin in last year's conference race and defeated Olivet 4-1 in the championship game of the conference tournament, received six out of a possible eight first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league's coaches. Calvin was picked to finish second and Olivet third, with both teams receiving one first-place vote.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Hope (6) 8 pts. 2. Calvin (1) 16. 3. Olivet (1) 17. 4. Trine 28. 5. Adrian 33. 6. Albion 34. 7. Alma 43. 8. Kalamazoo 45.