The Summit League preseason men's soccer poll is out, and the IPFW Mastodons are tabbed to finish fifth.
The Mastodons picked up 15 total points, just behind Omaha's 23. Denver, the Summit League newcomer, was picked to finish first with 35 points and five first-place votes. Western Illinois, the host of the 2013 Summit League Men's Soccer Tournament, was picked to finish second with 31 points (two first place votes). IUPUI (24), and Omaha (23) finished just ahead of IPFW, while Eastern Illinois (12), and Oral Roberts (7) round out the seven teams in the league.
IPFW returns six starters and 16 letterwinners from a team that went 4-15-1, ending the year 4-3, closing strong to earn a second consecutive spot in the Summit League Tournament. Corey Tom returns after leading the team with four goals scored, while Jose Rodriguez scored three times while dishing out an assist.
The Mastodons open the regular season on August 30 with a home match against Northern Kentucky, while the Summit League season kicks off on September 28 in Tulsa, Okla. against Oral Roberts.