ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Tennessee Wesleyan is the odds on favorite to win the 2012 Appalachian Athletic Conference men's soccer championship, according the AAC Coaches' Poll announced Tuesday.
The Bulldogs went 14-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play to finish second. Tennessee Wesleyan garnered five of the seven first-place votes in picking up 60 total points. Milligan received the other two first-place votes as it came in second with 55 points. The Buffaloes won the 2011 regular-season crown with a 7-0 league mark as they ended the year 12-5.
Montreat, which surprised everyone by winning the 2011 tournament championship and advancing to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round as the sixth seed, is third with 41 points. Bryan follows in fourth with 39 points, while Reinhardt and Union are tied for fifth with 38 points apiece.
Rounding out the rest of the field are: Virginia Intermont (20 points) in seventh, St. Andrews (14 points) in eighth, and Point (10 points) in ninth.
Newcomers St. Andrews and Point did not vote in the poll.
The 2012 AAC Tournament will begin with the play-in game on Oct. 31 and the quarterfinal round on Nov. 3 with the higher-seeded teams all hosting games. The semifinal and championship matches are set for Nov. 8 and 10 with the highest remaining seed serving as host for both rounds.