Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BU Women's Soccer Finishes Fifth In Country According To Final United Soccer Coaches Poll

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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Following its trip to the Elite Eight, the Bloomsburg University women's soccer team finished the 2018 season ranked fifth in the country according to the final United Soccer Coaches Division II poll. The Huskies finished the year with a 17-3-3 overall record with their 17 victories falling one win shy of tying the school record of 18 which was set during the 1996 season.

The University of Bridgeport, which ended Bloomsburg's season in the Elite Eight on November 18 at Steph Pettit Stadium, went on to win the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship and claimed the top spot in the final rankings. Grand Valley State finished second while California-San Diego and Lee University, the other two Final Four participants, finished third and fourth, respectively.

Picked to finish eighth in the PSAC according to the preseason coaches poll, the Huskies won four of their first six matches before rattling off a 16-match unbeaten streak (13-0-3) prior to their NCAA quarterfinal loss to the Purple Knights to finish the season with a 17-3-3 overall record. Bloomsburg reached the national rankings for the first time in eight years when it was ranked 23rd in the country back on October 9. The Huskies continued to climb up the poll, moving from their initial ranking to 15th on October 16, to 10th on October 23, to seventh on October 30, and then finally to fifth in the final rankings of the year.

Before its ranking on October 9, Bloomsburg was last in the Division II national poll on September 28, 2010 when it was ranked 13th in the country. That season also marked the last time the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs prior to 2018.

Bloomsburg won the PSAC Championship with a 2-1 overtime victory over East Stroudsburg on November 4 - the program's fourth overall conference title but first since 2002. The Huskies were then awarded the top seed in the Atlantic Region - the program's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2010 and eighth overall - and went on to win the regional title with a 2-1 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on November 16 which sent them to the NCAA quarterfinal round for the third time in school history and first since 2000. Bloomsburg's 17 victories were one shy of the school record of 18 set during the 1996 season. Bloomsburg did set a school record with 15 shutouts during the campaign - sixth among all Division II teams in shutout percentage (.652).

Head coach Matt Haney, along with graduate assistant Allison Mack and volunteer assistant Rebecca Grubb, were named the Atlantic Regional Coaching Staff of the Year last week. As the region's award winner, the Huskies' staff will honored honored and recognized at the United Soccer Coaches Awards Reception on Thursday, January 10, during the organization's annual convention in Chicago. In addition, the regional staff of the year recipients will be placed on the United Soccer Coaches ballot for National Staff of the Year consideration within their respective NCAA division. The ballot will also include the addition of coaching staffs from any schools which advance to the semifinals of their NCAA Championship play. The Men's and Women's National Staffs of the Year will be announced for all NCAA divisions on December 14.

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United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II National Rankings
Final 2018 Poll

1.University of Bridgeport20-4-117
2.Grand Valley State University25-1-11
3.University of California-San Diego19-3-26
4.Lee University17-7-1NR
5.Bloomsburg University17-3-35
6.Columbus State University18-1-23
7.West Texas A&M University15-4-3NR
8.University of Central Missouri19-5-1NR
9.University of Central Oklahoma22-2-08
10.Ferris State University17-4-313
11.Western Washington University17-3-316
12.LIU Post14-4-423
13.University of West Florida20-1-02
14.Mississippi College16-4-020
15.West Virginia Wesleyan College13-2-6NR
16.Dallas Baptist University13-5-5NR
17.Colorado School of Mines19-1-24
18.Lincoln Memorial University14-5-2NR
19.Barry University16-1-19
20.Franklin Pierce University16-2-27
21.Bemidji State University18-1-210
22.Carson-Newman University15-4-114
23.Concordia University (Ore.)15-2-311
24.University of Colorado-Colorado Springs16-3-312
25.West Chester University13-4-3NR

Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota State University-Mankato, Ohio Valley University

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