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FGCU Ranked No. 21 By Soccer America
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Eagles move up three spots in national poll after back-to-back road wins

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Riding an program-best eight-game win streak and owning an unblemished 6-0 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the FGCU men’s soccer team moved up three spots to No. 21 in this week’s Soccer America Top 25 poll, announced Tuesday evening.

The Eagles (10-2-2) learned of the ranking just an hour before they took the field for their final non-conference game of the season against in-state rival FAU. The Blue and Green’s national ranking by Soccer America marks the third straight week they’ve cracked the top 25.

Earlier in the day, FGCU learned that it moved up nine spots to No. 12 in the latest NCAA RPI Rankings. According to the RPI rankings, the Eagles are 2-1 against the top 50 and a solid 8-2-2 against the top 100. FGCU’s two top 50 wins are highlighted by victories over nationally-ranked USF and Ohio State, who were No. 13 and No. 5, respectively, when the Eagles defeated them.

In addition to the national ranking from Soccer America, FGCU received 22 votes in the NSCAA Top 25 poll to sit in 29th overall. The Eagles are 25 votes outside the top 25 and are just behind the College of Charleston (46), William & Mary (43) and Portland (32) amongst the teams receiving votes. FGCU’s 22 votes put them in front of Indiana (14), Penn State (9), West Virginia (5), Notre Dame (4), Washington (3) and Michigan (2).

FGCU sits alone atop the conference standings with 18 points, three points ahead of Stetson, who comes into the FGCU Soccer Complex on Friday evening with an 8-3-1 record and a 5-1 conference mark. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.

Soccer America Top 25 Poll (Record/Previous Ranking)
1. Akron (11-0-1/1)
2. North Carolina (9-2-1/2)
3. Virginia (9-2-2/3)
4. Maryland (9-2-1/4)
5. Louisville (10-0-2/5)
6. UConn (9-1-3/6)
7. SMU (11-1/7)
8. Butler (12-0/8)
9. UC Irvine (10-1-2/9)
10. Michigan State (10-3-0/13)
11. Creighton (9-2-0/16)
12. UCLA (9-3-1/10)
13. California (8-2-2/11)
14. Tulsa (7-3-1/12)
15. Boston College (6-2-4/15)
16. Indiana (7-4-1/18)
17. Brown (7-1-3/17)
18. UC Santa Barbara (8-3-2/NR)
19. USF (8-2-3/25)
20. Old Dominion (7-3-2/23)
21. FGCU (10-2-2/24)
22. Monmouth (9-1-2/20)
23. UCF (8-2-2/22)
24. Duke (5-3-4/14)
25. Ohio State (7-4-2/19)
25. William & Mary (9-2-1/NR)
25. South Carolina (7-3-2/NR)