Soccer Moves up to Seventh in National Poll

Following their 14th consecutive victory Sunday afternoon over Oklahoma State, the University of Colorado soccer team earned the seventh place nod in this week's NSCAA national poll released Monday. The placement is the highest of any collegiate team in the state's history, beating out Denver University, who was ranked as high as 12th.

Riding the momentum of a 14-game win streak, the University of Colorado soccer team earned a seventh-place national ranking in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released Monday.

The Top 10 nod is the first in the program's eight-year history, adding to the list of firsts the team has earned in this historic season. Colorado has won or ties each of their games since the end of August, outscoring the competition by a staggering 34-3 margin.

"I'm excited," said junior co-captain Jen Thais after team's Monday practice. "The most important thing right now is to keep on it. We can't settle."

"A lot will come down to the next two weekends," added Thais. "There are just five points separating the top four teams in the league, and that's not much at all. We still have three very good teams to play" and that's the bigger picture."

The Buffaloes earned the move up from last week's ranking of 12th following their most recent 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State here in Boulder on Sunday afternoon. The win was the team's second consecutively following a 0-0 double overtime tie against Oklahoma on Oct. 12. The draw was the team's first non-win decision since Colorado suffered a 1-0 loss to then-second-ranked Portland in the final two minutes of regulation in CU's opening game of the season on Aug. 29.

Colorado made their first ever appearance in the national rankings on Sept. 9 after the Buffaloes came out on top of a 2-1 decision against Wyoming in Laramie, propelling CU into the 16th spot.

North Carolina holds the country's top spot this week, with Notre Dame, UCLA, Portland, and West Virginia rounding out the top five.

CU will face national power Texas Friday night in Austin and will play at No. 9 Texas A&M Sunday afternoon. The Buffs will host No. 22 Nebraska in the regular season finale for both teams Friday, Oct. 31 in Boulder.


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