Men's Soccer Earns Rankings from Five Media Outlets
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite the season coming to a close in the last week of October the FGCU men’s soccer team continued to earn weekly recognition from multiple collegiate soccer outlets. This week the Eagles appear in five national polls, ranking as high as No. 19 in Soccer America’s Top 25 poll.

Although they were inactive on the pitch this week, the Eagles were still able to garner recognition from five of collegiate soccer’s most noteworthy media outlets. The highest of which had the Blue and Green slotted 19th for the second straight week, as Soccer America placed the Eagles ahead of the likes of Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana and UCF on its top-25 list.

In the latest Yahoo! Sports rankings, FGCU moved up one spot to 22nd overall while also earning the 23rd spot in the most recent NSCAA Top 25 poll. Additionally, College Soccer News placed the Blue and Green 26th on its list of the top-30 schools, and Soccer Times awarded FGCU three votes, slotting them 35th overall, on the outlet’s national rankings.

FGCU finished the season with a 13-3-2 overall record and a perfect 9-0 Atlantic Sun conference mark, becoming just the ninth team in conference history to accomplish the feat. The Eagles are one of six schools in the nation to run the table in conference action and join 10 other programs with unbeaten conference records.

Over the nine-game A-Sun season, FGCU shutout seven of its opponents, outscoring them 26-2 along the way. Dating back to the 2009 season, the Eagles have gone 15-3 over their last 18 A-Sun contests and are currently riding an A-Sun home unbeaten streak of 11 games (10-0-1).

The Blue and Green needed one more point to clinch the regular season championship outright heading into the final pair of A-Sun games. The Eagles outscored their opponents 10-0 in those final two contests, bringing the A-Sun title to Fort Myers for the first time in the brief four-year history of the program.

FGCU is set to return 27 players, including 10 starters and six all-conference performers, next season. As redshirt junior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, the Eagles also landed four student-athletes on the Atlantic Sun All-Conference first team.

Despite winning the A-Sun regular season, FGCU cannot compete in the conference postseason tournament due to the NCAA reclassifying period. FGCU will be eligible for postseason play in 2011.

Soccer America Top 25
1. Akron (16-1-1) 1
2. North Carolina (14-2-1) 2
3. Maryland (14-2-1) 3
4. Louisville (15-0-2) 4
5. SMU (15-1-0) 5
6. Butler (15-0-2) 6
7. California (11-2-3) 8
8. Connecticut (12-2-4) 9
9. UC Irvine (14-2-3) 7
10. UCLA (13-4-1) 11
11. Notre Dame (10-4-4) 12
12. UC Santa Barbara (11-4-3) 16
13. Virginia (10-4-3) 10
14. William & Mary (13-3-2) 18
15. Monmouth (12-1-4) 14
16. Boston College (9-3-5) 23
17. Princeton (12-3-1) 25
18. Creighton (12-4-1) 13
19. Florida Gulf Coast (13-3-2) 19
20. Duke (9-4-4) 21
21. Ohio State (10-5-2) NR
22. Michigan (11-4-3) 24
23. Brown (11-2-3) 25
24. Indiana (9-6-2) 15
25. Providence (11-5-2) NR
25. Charlotte (13-5-0) NR
25. UCF (11-3-3) NR