Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Soccer - Warriors earn highest rankings in program history

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Off to its best start since 1997, the Lycoming College men’s soccer team has earned recognition in three different polls. The team busted into the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll, jumping in at a school-record No. 6 and sitting at the top of the association’s Mid-Atlantic Region poll, while also earning the fifth spot in the first D3soccer.com poll, the organizations announced on Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

It’s the team’s first ranking this season after not receiving mention in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll. It’s also the highest ranking spot in program history in the United Soccer Coaches poll and the first since the team was ranked 10th in the 2016 preseason poll. The No. 5-ranking in the D3soccer.com poll is also the highest in program history. It is the first time the Warriors have been ranked in that poll since it was ranked 13th in the final rankings in 2015.

Tufts tops the United Soccer Coaches poll, while Calvin, Chicago, Trinity (Texas) and SUNY Oneonta are ahead of the Warriors.  Calvin tops the D3soccer.com poll, with Tufts, Chicago and Trinity ahead of the Warriors.

In the regional poll, the Warriors sit ahead of eighth-ranked Haverford, 13th-ranked Messiah, 22nd-ranked Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Scranton (who will face the Warriors on Saturday), Johns Hopkins, Dickinson, Eastern and Drew.

The Warriors are off to their best start in 20 years as it has started the season 5-0 with an early-season 3-2 win over then-17th-ranked Rowan University to win the Gilmore Alumni Classic. The Warriors followed that by winning the Battle of the Boot, 5-0, over Susquehanna, and also won the Red Devil Classic at Dickinson.

Senior Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) leads the team offensively with three goals and an assist and senior Jordan Logan (Oxford, Pa./Oxford Area) also had three scores. The pair are just two of 10 Warriors that have scored this season though. Junior goalkeeper Chris Solecki (Hainesport, N.J./Lenape) has allowed just three goals through five games, helping the team record three shutout wins.

The Warriors will look to add to its win total on Wednesday, Sept. 13, when they host Medaille at 4:30 p.m. at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

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