Soccer Continues to Advance in National Rankings

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Soccer Continues to Advance in National Rankings

BATON ROUGE ? The LSU soccer team continues to make its presence known in the national rankings this season as it has earned its highest ranking in program history for the second straight week by climbing to No. 12 in the latest Soccer America Top 25 released Tuesday.

Despite having matches against Kent State and Dartmouth canceled this past weekend due to the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, the Tigers moved up five spots in the poll from their previous best of No. 17 a week ago as they are still a perfect 4-0 on the young season.

In fact, LSU is among the nation’s Top 20 teams in three of the four major polls this week as it is up one spot to No. 18 in the Soccer Buzz Top 30 and tied for No. 20 in the Soccer Times Top 25.

Its No. 18 ranking by Soccer Buzz Magazine is also an all-time high for the publication following its previous best at No. 19 last week. In addition, the Tigers hold their spot at No. 4 in this week’s Soccer Buzz Central Region Top 15 to match their highest regional ranking in program history.

It also marks the second straight week that the Tigers are the top-ranked team in the Southeastern Conference in each of the three polls as they are joined by Florida and Tennessee this week. The Gators return to the polls as they are ranked as high as No. 21 this week, while the Lady Vols are ranked as high as No. 24 nationally going into this weekend’s action.

The Tigers are anxious to get back on the pitch and will end their 10-day layoff on Friday night as they travel to Lafayette, La., to take on in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette in a match scheduled for 5 p.m. kickoff. The squad is then set to return to the LSU Soccer Complex on Sunday as it puts its school record 13-game home unbeaten streak on the line against Houston at 1 p.m.

SOCCER AMERICA TOP 25
Team (Record) Last Week
1. UCLA (4-0-0) 3
2. Notre Dame (5-0-0) 4
3. Stanford (5-0-0) 6
4. Texas (4-0-0) 8
5. Portland (4-1-0) 9
6. Southern California (4-1-0) 1
7. North Carolina (4-1-0) 2
8. Florida State (4-1-0) 5
9. Virginia (4-0-1) 7
10. Penn State (4-1-0) 10
11. Boston College (4-1-0) 16
12. LSU (4-0-0) 17
13. Texas A&M (5-1-0) 18
14. Duke (4-1-0) 11
15. Santa Clara (3-2-0) 12
16. Wake Forest (4-1-0) 14
17. West Virginia (3-1-1) 15
18. Oklahoma State (4-0-0) 19
19. Kansas (4-0-0) 20
20. Illinois (4-1-0) 13
21. Florida (3-1-1) NR
22. Denver (4-0-1) 23
23. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (6-0-0) 24
24. Tennessee (2-3-0) 22
25. Cal State Fullerton (4-1-0) 21

SOCCER BUZZ TOP 30

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

SOCCER TIMES TOP 25

Team (Record) Last Week
1. UCLA (4-0-0) 1
2. Notre Dame (5-0-0) 4
3. Stanford (5-0-0) 5
4. North Carolina (4-1-0) 2
5. Southern California (4-1-0) 6
6. Portland (4-1-0) 7
7. Texas (5-0-0) 9
8. Florida State (4-1-0) 3
9. Virginia (4-0-1) 8
10. Texas A&M (5-1-0) 10
11. Penn State (4-1-0) T12
12. Wake Forest (4-1-0) T12
13. Santa Clara (3-2-0) 11
14. Duke (4-1-0) 15
15. Boston College (4-1-0) 17
16. Oklahoma State (4-0-0) 18
17. Illinois (4-1-0) 14
18. Kansas (4-0-0) 22
19. West Virginia (3-1-1) 16
T20. LSU (4-0-0) 19
T20. California (3-1-0) 21
22. Cal State Fullerton (4-1-0) 20
23. Florida (3-1-1) NR
24. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (6-0-0) NR
25. Tennessee (2-3-0) NR