Men’s AEC, Ivy League, ASUN, & CAA Previews

Men’s AEC, Ivy League, ASUN, & CAA Previews
by Victor Olorunfemi
August 22, 2023

Use the promo code 'college23' to get 25% off a TDS Premier Subscription. Sale runs until September 1.

The TDS Men's college soccer preview continues with a look into the AEC, Ivy League, ASUN, & CAA.

America East Conference Preview

The America East has a distinguished physical style of play that surpasses the rest of college soccer. With games in some of the coldest parts of the country, playing a team from the AEC is like going to war. And with coach, Marc Hubbard leading New Hampshire, who had only been to one NCAA tournament before he took over in 2015, to now six straight appearances under his watch and routine top-25 appearances, the AEC is well accounted for on the big stage. Then you have Vermont, a program that has raised its standards and reached the NCAA quarterfinals last season for the first time since 1989. Between those two, programs like UMBC and Albany, who occasionally pop in for a big season, plus Bryant hiring Ruben Resendes, one of the best young coaches in the sport, the AEC is an exciting commodity for the new season.

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Gianluca Armellino, Vermont (#83 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Dominic Dubon, UMBC (#120 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Harrison Solomon, New Hampshire

Alex Balkey, Binghamton

Owen Marshall, UMass Lowell(m)

Top Players to Watch:

Yannick Bright, New Hampshire

Taylor Calheira, UMBC

Zach Barrett, Vermont

Andrea Campoli, NJIT

Oscar Perez, UMass Lowell

Ivy League Conference Preview

The Ivy League is home to some of the most underrated teams and players, as the conference produces three to four high-level teams yearly. This upcoming season sees Cornell and Penn start in the Top-25, while Princeton, Yale, and Brown join those two powers as having recruiting classes ranked in the top 40. The Ivy League is poised to produce multiple MLS draft selections this year, the next few, and maybe even an NCAA champion.

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Kevin Kelley, Princeton (#50 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Iyke Dafe, Brown (#59 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Liam May, Cornell (#96 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Jack-Ryan Jeremiah, Penn (#112 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Ryder Mills, Yale (#132 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

Top Players to Watch:

Stas Korzeniowski, Penn

Ryan Friedberg, Cornell

Willem Ebbinge, Havard(m)

Matt Leong, Columbia

Jamin Gogo Peters, Brown

ASUN Conference Preview

Lipscomb dominated the conference last season as a top-25 ranked program, cumulating in a 6-2 conference tournament final victory over 2-seeded Central Arkansas. The NCAA tournament did not go as well as they lost their opening game, but Lipscomb will look to build on that momentum.

*Liberty leaves the ASUN for the Ohio Valley Conference

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Pierce Amalberti, Jacksonville (#27 Ranked TDS Southern California Region)

Caleb Davis, Lipscomb (#38 Ranked TDS Southern California Region)

Colin Elder, Bellarmine

Roberto Alvarez, Queens (N.C.)

Franco Di Giovanni, Central Arkansas

Top Players to Watch:

Hayes Wood, Lipscomb

Brock Pope, Bellarmine

Alon Drey, FGCU

Charles Ahl, Stetson

Pietro Fontana, Central Arkansas

Coastal Athletic Conference Preview

The newly named Coastal Athletic Conference adds a big fish to the league in Campbell, the reigning Big South regular season winners fresh off three NCAA Tournament appearances in five years. They will battle with Elon, the CAA regular and post-season champion, and Hofstra, boasting one of the top players in college soccer, Eliot Goldthorp. With those three leading the charge, the CAA will be better than ever.

*Campbell joins the CAA after leaving the Big South

Top Freshmen to Watch:

Jordin Wilson, Elon (Bahamas National Team)

Aidan Morrison, William & Mary (#160 Ranked TDS Class of 2023)

TJ Hastings, Delaware (Gatorade Delaware Player of the Year)

Alex Oladapo, Hofstra (#17 Ranked TDS New Jersey Region)

Neil Devnani, Northeastern

Top Players to Watch:

Eliot Goldthorp, Hofstra

Franc Gamiz Quer, Elon

Bissafi Dotte, Campbell

Chris Elliott, College of Charleston

Pep Casas, UNC Wilmington

Trending Videos
IMG Academy Top 200/150 Rankings
see full ranking:
Boys Girls