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BISMARCK -- Bismarck High received five first place votes and is the pick to win the WDA regular season boys' soccer title this fall, according to conference coaches. The Demons received 34 points to take the top spot. Century, the defending WDA regular season champion, received 31 points to finish second in voting. The Patriots also earned a first place vote. Minot High was picked third with 25 points. Mandan was fourth with 20 points; Legacy was fifth with 18 points. The Sabers also picked up a first place vote. Jamestown was sixth with 13 points and newcomer Williston rounded out the poll with six points. This will be the Coyotes' first varsity season.
Teams received six points for a first place vote; five for second place; four for third place; three points for fourth place; two points for fifth place; and one point for sixth place. Coaches did not include their team in voting. The annual poll was conducted by WDA Executive Secretary Matt Mullally.
This will be the 25th season the WDA has sponsored the sport. Matches will get underway on Friday, Aug. 16 in Jamestown with the East-West Crossover involving matches between WDA and EDC teams. The East-West Crossover will continue on Saturday, Aug. 17. Conference matches will Tuesday, Aug. 20. In addition to seven teams playing a varsity schedule, Dickinson and TMCHS Belcourt are fielding soccer JV programs. The two will play a JV schedule with plans of moving to varsity competition in the coming years.
The WDA Tournament will be held October 3 and 5 in Mandan. The top two regular season finishers in the standings automatically qualify for the state tournament and will be placed in the WDA Tournament title match. Two other teams, which win a state qualifier, will also compete at the state tournament. This year's state event is also hosted by Mandan, Oct. 10-12.
2019 WDA Boys' Soccer Coaches Poll
|1. ||Bismarck High (5)||34|
First Place votes in parenthesis
Preseason coaches' soccer poll tabs Bismarck High to win WDA