WVU Rises to No. 2 Nationally

The West Virginia men's soccer team climbed to No. 2 in the Soccer America Top 25 poll and the CollegeSoccer - News.com Top 30 poll, released Monday, Oct. 30.

The Mountaineers (15-1-2) sit behind Wake Forest in both polls. The Demon Decons currently sport a 15-2-1 record. WVU jumped SMU, Duke and Virginia who all lost last week. West Virginia's .888 winning percentage ranks only behind Lehigh's .912 among 199 NCAA Division I soccer programs.

First-year head coach Marlon LeBlanc's team has now been in the top five of one or more of the four major polls for the last five weeks and has been the highest ranked Big East team the past eight weeks. Along with the Mountaineers, all three of the other teams still alive in the Big East tournament are ranked this week's Soccer America poll. WVU's next opponent, Rutgers, ranks 25th this week, while the magazine has St. John's tied with the Scarlet Knights and Providence ranking two spots ahead at 23rd. Notre Dame also ranks in the poll at No. 13.

After six days off, West Virginia won its Big East quarterfinal match last Saturday, 1-0, at home against South Florida. WVU has now won a postseason match in three consecutive seasons. The 1965, '66 and '67 teams are the only other Mountaineer squads to put together such a streak.

The Mountaineers now travel to Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers in the Big East semifinals at Yurcak Field on Friday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. The Scarlet Knights entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed from the Red Division and defeated Notre Dame, 2-1, in overtime at home on Saturday to advance. Friday's match between West Virginia and Rutgers will be broadcast live on CSTV.

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