The Tiffin University men's soccer team enters the 2017 season predicted to finish 3rd, according to the GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving 28 points and one first place vote.
The Dragons trail newcomer to the GLIAC, Davenport University, receiving 29 points and two first place votes. The predicted regular season champion this season is Saginaw Valley State, securing 33 points and four first place votes.
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Tiffin University made 2016 another memorable season, winning the GLIAC Tournament Championship, and qualifying for the NCAA Midwest Regional. With all that in the rearview mirror, head coach Rudy Brownell is focused on the task at hand in 2017.
Tiffin will be tested early and often throughout the 2017 season, playing one of the tougher schedules in recent memory. The Dragons open up at Alderson Broaddus on August 31, a team that won the G-MAC Tournament Championship last year. The Dragons' first home game is on September 2, against the University of Illinois at Springfield at 3:30 pm. Tiffin then travels to Slippery Rock on September 2, and then a showdown with national runner-up University of Charleston. The September 10 matchup is at 3:00 pm in Charleston. The Golden Eagles finished last season 19-3-2, capturing their third straight Mountain East Conference Championship. Tiffin enters GLIAC play on September 15 at Purdue Northwest, and will play their first home GLIAC game against Saginaw Valley State on September 22.
Tiffin led the GLIAC in shots and goals last year, and averaged 2.29 goals per game. On the defensive side, Tiffin allowed 1.28 goals per game and pitched six shutouts in the regular season. Over the past eight seasons Tiffin has compiled an 87-44-16 overall record and a 60-32-12 GLIAC mark with three GLIAC Tournament Championships and two regular season titles.