Soccer Earns Program's First Top-10 Ranking

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Soccer Earns Program's First Top-10 Ranking

BATON ROUGE — Excitement is at an all-time high for members of the LSU soccer program as the team is off to a perfect 6-0 start and has catapulted itself into the Top 10 of the national rankings for the first time in history with their outstanding performance.

The Tigers have earned a No. 9 ranking in this week’s Soccer America Top 25 after wrapping up their non-conference schedule with a dominating 4-0 win over Oklahoma on Friday night.

With the win, LSU set a new school record with its sixth straight victory to open the season after setting the previous mark at five straight wins in 2003 and 2007. It also marks the first time in the 14-year history of the program that the Tigers finished unbeaten in non-conference play.

“We’re certainly very honored to receive this kind of recognition, and our kids deserve it with the hard work and dedication they’ve shown in preparing for this season,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “But our focus is not on rankings and what has happened in the past. Our focus is now on this weekend with the start of SEC play. Everything we’ve done has been for this weekend.”

With their inclusion in this week’s Soccer America Top 25, the Tigers have set yet another school record by earning a national ranking for the fourth straight week.

They will continue their five-game road swing this weekend by opening the defense of their SEC West crown on Friday night as they take on Mississippi State in Starkville at 7 p.m. followed by a match against Ole Miss in Oxford on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

SOCCER AMERICA TOP 25

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