WVU Ranks 3rd, 5th in Polls; Can Clinch BE

The West Virginia men's soccer team has been selected No. 3 by CollegeSoccerNews.com and No. 5 by Soccer America in the publications' weekly rankings on Monday, Oct. 16.

This week marks the first time in school history that WVU (12-1-2, 7-0-1) has been ranked in multiple polls' Top 5 in the same week. The team is coming off a pair of wins last week over American, 2-1, at home and Georgetown, 2-0, on the road.

The Mountaineers were fueled to Saturday's win over the Hoyas by Jarrod Smith, who netted both goals in the win. Smith entered the match with 10 goals in Big East games this season, one goal short of Seton Hall's Michael Magarinos, who scored 11 in 1995. The Havelock North, New Zealand, native tied Magarinos just after halftime in the 48th minute on a header from eight yards out. The senior forward scored the record breaking, and game securing, goal in the 64th minute.

Smith also broke the Big East season points record as he now has 27. Georgetown's Erick Kvello previously held the record when he netted 24 points in 1997. For his efforts Smith was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com national team of the week. It is the second time he has been named to the team as CSN tabbed him to it on Sept. 11 as well.

On Sunday, West Virginia gained further national recognition from ESPN when the team was selected the biggest surprise in college soccer for 2006. The story on ESPN.com can be found at: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=385043&root=ncaa&cc=5901. Copy and paste the link in your browser to read.

WVU faces one of its biggest challenges all season on Wednesday when it hosts Notre Dame at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 7 in the Soccer America poll today and No. 10 in CollegeSoccerNews.com. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. With three BIG EAST matches left WVU needs to win two to secure its first-ever Big East regular season championship. The Mountaineers have one more league match than Connecticut (2nd-place) and Notre Dame (3rd-place) who are currently chasing them for the title.

The Mountaineers can clinch the BIG EAST title with a win on Wednesday and a UConn loss against Marquette.


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