Teams across the nation have hit the field with a clean slate and title dreams. Take a look at some of this year's top returning men's soccer players as the 2012 season gets under way.


Carlos Alvarez, senior forward for the Huskies, moved into a tie for seventh all-time at UConn with 33 career assists in 2011. Finishing the season with four game-winning goals, he also posted 20 points on six goals and eight assists and was named a second-team NSCAA All-American. 
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Coastal Carolina's Ashton Bennett is the lone returning first-team NSCAA All-American this season. He was the nation's leading goal scorer with 23 notched on the season. He helped the Chanticleers lead the nation in scoring offense and total goals, and he personally ranked first in the NCAA in total points and points per game. 
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Sophomore Andre Blake was honored as the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year in 2011, becoming the first freshman to win a major conference award in men's soccer. He set a program record for nine consecutive shutouts last season and tied the UConn record with 15 total. 
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Scott Caldwell, a senior midfielder for Akron, was a 2011 first-team All-MAC selection and a third-team NSCAA All-American. He saw career highs in assists (11) and goals (6), two of which were game-winners, last season. 
 
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A junior native of Brazil, Pedro Ribeiro led the Chanticleers with eight assists last season and finished second on the squad with nine goals (two game-winners). He was tabbed a third-team NSCAA All-American and was a first-team honoree on the All-Big South list. 
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Senior forward Yannick Smith ranked ninth nationally in goals scored and 12th in total points last season. He knocked in three game-winners for Old Dominion and twice scored three goals in matches in 2011. 
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Senior midfielder John Stertzer boasted a career-high 14 goals in 2011 and was a first-team All-ACC pick. In a three-game stretch last season, he netted all of Maryland's goals, and had a team-high five game-winners on the year. 
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Last season, junior Kyle Venter played nearly every minute of every contest at 2,030 minutes total, leading New Mexico. He was selected a second-team NSCAA All-American, and knocked in five goals on the season including one game-winner and four game-tying.
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Paul Wyatt, a senior midfielder/forward for James Madison, was second on the squad in goals (6) and points (15) and tied for second on the team in assists (3). He was deemed a first-team All-CAA member as well as a second-team NSCAA All-American. 
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