FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 21, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Women's soccer team ranked third by NSCAA; plays tonight at 7
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rock women's soccer team matched its best-ever mark Tuesday when it earned a No. 3 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II national poll. The team plays IUP at 7 p.m. today in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.
This week's ranking is the highest attained by a Rock women's soccer team since SRU held the No. 3 spot in the Oct. 5, 2004, poll.
This week's ranking also represents a two-spot improvement from a week ago for the green and white, which currently own a 7-1 overall record.
The Rock will have little time to enjoy its lofty spot, though, as the team must focus attention on today's home game against IUP (4-2 overall). IUP is the defending Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division champion and was selected in a preseason poll of the division's head coaches as the team to beat in this year's competition.
SRU trails only Grand Valley State of Michigan (6-0-0) and Bryant University of Rhode Island (7-0-2) in the national poll and remains atop the NSCAA's Northeast Regional poll.
Rock regional rivals C.W. Post of New York (4-0-2) is ranked 13th in this week's national poll, while West Chester (5-1-1) is ranked 22nd.
The NSCAA poll is for bragging rights only and does not impact the NCAA regional poll that will ultimately determine which teams advance to the NCAA playoffs.
The initial NCAA regional polls for the 2007 season will be released Oct. 10. The NCAA does not conduct a national poll.
The Rock, unbeaten in four division games, currently holds a five-point lead over both Edinboro and Clarion in the PSAC-West standings.
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