Men's Soccer Cracks Top Five

The West Virginia men's soccer team recorded a program milestone on Tuesday, Oct. 3, when the NSCAA/Adidas Top 25 coaches poll ranked the Mountaineers No. 5 in the country.

The Mountaineers (9-1-2, 5-0-1) ranked ninth in last week's poll, but jumped four spots after recording road wins over defending Big Ten Champion Penn State on Sept. 27, and back-to-back Big East champion Connecticut on Sept. 30. WVU had ranked as high as eighth in the poll earlier this season before losing to then-No. 2 Virginia on the road. West Virginia had never ranked higher than No. 17 in any poll heading into 2006.

Notre Dame stands as the only other Big East team ranked in the NSCAA poll this week coming in at No. 8. The NSCAA had the Mountaineers No. 1 in the Northeast region for the fifth consecutive week.

Rounding out the weekly rankings, WVU found itself No. 6 in the SoccerTimes.com poll. Last week the team ranked No. 10. Also representing the Big East are the Fighting Irish at No. 15. Soccer America and CollegeSoccerNews.com both tabbed the Mountaineers No. 8 in their rankings, revealed Monday.

West Virginia returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 4, when it hosts Pitt at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in the Backyard Brawl at 7 p.m. Wednesday's match features the debut of Dollar Night in which tickets, 16 oz. soft drinks, hot dogs and popcorn cost just $1 each.


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