Soccer Ranked No. 19 in Two Polls

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Soccer Ranked No. 19 in Two Polls

BATON ROUGE — The LSU soccer team has certainly established itself among the premier clubs in women’s college soccer this season and has cracked two more national polls for the first time with the release of the Soccer Times Top 25 and the Soccer Buzz Top 30 this week.

LSU has risen to No. 19 in both polls after earning its highest national ranking in program history with a No. 17 ranking in the Soccer America Top 25 released on Monday.

Not only are the Tigers ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation in all three polls, but they are also the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference this week as they are joined only by Georgia at No. 25 in the Soccer Times Top 25 and No. 28 in the Soccer Buzz Top 30.

Led by a potent offense and a stifling defense that has outscored its opponents by a 10-2 margin, the Tigers are a perfect 4-0 on the young season and have catapulted themselves into the rankings thanks to a 3-0 mark this past week. They dominated BYU by a 4-1 count back on Aug. 25, followed by a 2-0 shutout of Northwestern and a 2-1 win over Loyola-Chicago this past weekend.

In addition to their national ranking, the Tigers have earned their highest regional ranking in team history as they are No. 4 in the Central Region according to the Soccer Buzz poll.

LSU had initially scheduled a tournament for this weekend featuring Dartmouth, Kent State and South Florida, but all games have been canceled due to the affects of Hurricane Gustav. The team will be back in action next week as they go on the road to face Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 12.

SOCCER TIMES TOP 25

Team (Record) Last Week
1. UCLA (3-0-0) 2
2. North Carolina (3-0-0) 3
3. Florida State (3-0-0) 4
4. Notre Dame (3-0-0) 5
5. Stanford (3-0-0) 7
6. Southern California (2-1-0) 1
7. Portland (2-1-0) 6
8. Virginia (3-0-0) 8
9. Texas (3-0-0) 9
10. Texas A&M (3-1-0) 12
11. Santa Clara (2-1-0) 16
T12. Penn State (2-1-0) 10
T12. Wake Forest (3-0-0) 20
14. Illinois (3-0-0) 22
15. Duke (3-0-0) 21
16. West Virginia (2-1-0) 11
17. Boston College (2-1-0) 17
18. Oklahoma State (2-0-0) 23
19. LSU (4-0-0) NR
20. Cal State Fullerton (3-0-0) NR
21. California (2-1-0) 15
22. Kansas (2-0-0) NR
23. Connecticut (1-2-0) 14
24. BYU (3-1-0) 25
25. Georgia (2-1-0) 18

SOCCER BUZZ TOP 30

Team (Record) Last Week
1. UCLA (3-0-0) 1
2. Notre Dame (3-0-0) 2
3. Florida State (3-0-0) 5
4. North Carolina (3-0-0) 3
5. Virginia (3-0-0) 6
6. Stanford (3-0-0) 7
7. Southern California (2-1-0) 2
8. Texas (3-0-0) 8
9. Portland (2-1-0) 9
10. Wake Forest (3-0-0) 15
11. Illinois (3-0-0) 19
12. Duke (3-0-0) 20
13. Santa Clara (2-1-0) 16
14. West Virginia (2-1-0) 10
15. Penn State (2-1-0) 11
16. Texas A&M (3-1-0) 21
17. Oklahoma State (2-0-0) 23
18. Boston College (2-1-0) 12
19. LSU (4-0-0) 27
20. Kansas (2-0-0) 28
21. UC-Santa Barbara (3-1-0) NR
22. Louisville (1-1-0) 25
23. San Diego (1-2-0) 13
24. Cal State Fullerton (3-0-0) NR
25. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-0-0) NR
26. BYU (3-1-0) 18
27. Villanova (3-0-0) NR
28. Georgia (2-1-0) 17
29. Central Florida (2-1-0) 29
30. Denver (2-0-1) 30