Soccer Drops In Polls; Cross Country No. 20

The West Virginia University men's soccer team fell from No. 8 to No. 13 in the weekly NSCAA/Adidas poll and from No. 14 to No. 21 in the weekly Soccer America poll.

The Mountaineers went 1-1 last weekend when they played host to Big East foes DePaul and USF. WVU defeated DePaul 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 28, but dropped a 1-0 double-overtime heartbreaker to No. 16 USF on Sunday, Sept. 30. The Mountaineers are now 6-3 on the season, and 2-2 in conference play.

Wake Forest (7-0) remained at the top of both polls, followed by league foes Connecticut (8-1-1) and Notre Dame (5-1-2). No. 4 Duke (7-2-0) and No. 5 Virginia (6-1-2) round out the top five. West Virginia travels to South Bend, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 6, to play No. 3 Notre Dame. WVU has defeated two top 10 teams (then-No. 6 Maryland on Sept. 7, and then-No. 5 Duke on Sept. 15) on the road and will look to earn the trifecta against the Fighting Irish this weekend. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The West Virginia University women's soccer team, meanwhile, remained in the national polls following a 1-0-1 weekend in Big East action. The Mountaineers earned a No. 22 ranking from Soccer Buzz and a No. 23 ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas poll. West Virginia fell out of the latest Soccer America poll.

The Mountaineers return home for a pair of conference games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this weekend. On Friday, Oct. 5, WVU battles Louisville at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 7, West Virginia plays host to Cincinnati at 1 p.m. Friday's contest with the Cardinals has been designated "Dollar Day" with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for purchase for just one dollar.

Also, Megan Mischler was named Big East Rookie of the Week. The conference honor is the first of her career and second for West Virginia this season.

The true freshman's first collegiate goal could not have come at a better time for West Virginia. Mischler found the back of the net to knot the score at one with just under 15 minutes left in Sunday's match at Syracuse. She provide the WVU offense with a spark off the bench, playing 47 minutes in the two weekend games as WVU out-shot its opponents 48-14. Junior Deana Everrett was named to the Big East weekly honor roll for her efforts in scoring a game-winning goal and assisting on a game-tying goal over the weekend. On Friday, Everrett scored the game-winner against St. John's in a 2-0 shutout, her fifth goal of the season. On Sunday, the forward took a season-high eight shots at Syracuse and assisted on Mischler's goal with her team-leading sixth assist.

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The West Virginia University cross country team enters the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 this week at No. 20. WVU is coming off a second place finish at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sept. 28. It placed ahead of three ranked teams at the meet with only freshmen and sophomores in the lineup. The Top 25 ranking is the first for the Mountaineers since the 2004 team was ranked 15th going into the NCAA Championships after winning the school's first-ever Mid-Atlantic Regional title.

"This shows how hard our girls have worked and the progress they have made thus far in this program," head coach Sean Cleary said.

Big East member Providence is the top ranked league school at No. 18. Georgetown follows the Mountaineers at No. 21, while Syracuse received votes for the second straight week. The Mountaineers return to action at the Penn State National Open on Oct. 12, in State College, Pa., at 4 p.m.

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