The DePauw men's soccer team gets the 2016 fall season underway Thursday when they host Hanover at 7 p.m. at Reavis Stadium.
The Tigers are coming off a 12-4-5 campaign in which they appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 after securing an at-large bid. It was the first time in program history where they reached the round of 16 in the DIII Men's Soccer Championship.
But that was when they fell to Loras College 2-1. Loras went on to advance all the way to the National Championship game but lost to Amherst in the final 2-1.
It was also another challenging season in the North Coast Athletic Conference where DePauw finished third at 6-1-2. They were fifth in goals (35) and assists (24) in conference play.
In the NCAC Preseason Poll based on balloting from league coaches, DePauw landed third heading into the season obtaining 78 points and one first place vote. Kenyon topped the poll with 98 points and eight first place votes, and Ohio Wesleyan placed second with 89 points and the other first place vote. Oberlin (66) and Denison (61) rounded out the top five.
A major return for the Tigers will be senior Julian Gonzalez, who was a NCAA DIII Men's All-Great Lakes Regional second team selection. He played in all 21 games and led the team with 22 points and nine goals. He also contributed four assists.
A key loss will be Adrian Ables, who was another All-Region selection. He also played in all 21 games with 19 points, six goals and a team-high seven assists. Ables is currently on the roster with the Rayo OKC of the North American Soccer League.
Hoffman was second in goals (6) and third in points (15), while Moore was fourth in both goals (5) and points (13) on the team. Both are seniors for the upcoming year.
Other key returnees include Jonathan Wheeler, Taras Tataryn and defender Andrew Gold. The Tigers will also have a new look in goal as senior Chris Yount departs after playing and starting in 20 games last season.
DePauw will once again be under the guidance of Brad Hauter ('87). Entering his ninth season as the DePauw head coach, Hauter has a 100-30-24 record for a .727 winning percentage. The program has a streak of a .500 or better season for 34 straight years.
The Tigers have three home games to kick off the season (Sept. 1 vs. Hanover; Sept. 3 vs. Kalamazoo; Sept. 9 vs. Marian) and start NCAC play at Oberlin on Sept. 24. They'll get Kenyon at home on Oct. 1.