We’re just a few short weeks away from the D1 men’s soccer tournament and while we have an idea of which teams will earn bids, we can be sure that when the big dance kicks off a few conferences will be well represented.
These five high-scoring leagues will undoubtedly have more than one squad in the tournament and will be tough outs when they take the pitch.
5. Atlantic 10
BR-83 VCU leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 22 goals and the league overall has found the net 214 times this season. The top goal scorer in the league is Matt Crawford, who has seven scores in 16 games played for BR-180 Saint Joseph’s. The A-10 contains 13 total team, giving them an average of 16.5 goals per team. BR-56 Saint Louis leads league play with a perfect 6-0 record and has 17 goals to date.
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With 219 goals on the season, the Metro Atlantic Conference is proving to be a presence on the pitch with BR-80 Marist leading the way with 32 by itself. Cameron Harr, of the Red Foxes, is currently ranked second in the nation in goals scored with 16 in 16 games played. With a 7-1 record in league play, BR-63 Quinnipiac leads the Metro Atlantic Conference, but only has 26 goals — six behind the Red Foxes.
3. Big East
BR-14 Butler is carrying the Big East Conference with 29 of its 221 total goals scored thus far. For the Bulldogs, David Goldsmith is stepping up big time, scoring more than a third of his team’s goals with 10 on the season. Butler ranks fifth in the BEast while BR-32 Providence tops the standings with a 5-2 record in league play. The Friars have 19 goals on their ledger and have been shut out three times this year.
BR-40 Air Force has one of the most potent offenses in the country, scoring 37 goals on the season to lead the Western Athletic Conference to a total of 225. BR-33 Seattle isn’t far behind with 31 while BR-139 UNLV‘s Danny Musovski leads the league individually with nine goals in 12 games. With a 7-0-2 record, Seattle leads the league, followed by Utah Valley, who is on a 7-game winning streak.
It comes as no surprise that the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) leads the nation in scoring with powerhouses BR-3 North Carolina (33 goals), BR-2 Louisville (31) and BR-4 Notre Dame (31) all in the mix. Overall, the ACC has produced 286 goals — 61 more than the WAC. Jon Gallagher leads the Irish while Mohamed Thiaw leads the Cardinals in goals with 11 apiece to top the ACC scoring list. The Demon Deacons, Cardinals and Tar Heels are each 5-1-1 on the season, leading the ACC.