FORT MYERS, Fla. – Although the season came to a close in the final week of October, the No. 19 FGCU men’s soccer team continues to crack the top 10 list in their respective region. In this week’s release of the NSCAA South Region rankings, the Eagles moved into fifth place, marking eight straight weeks and nine times this year the team has appeared in the poll.
Topping the list for the 10th straight week is North Carolina followed by fellow ACC member Duke. UCF and South Carolina each sit ahead of the Blue and Green, in third and fourth, respectively. Bumping down one spot from last week’s rankings, FGCU holds onto the fifth spot this week while fellow A-Sun member and conference tournament No. 1 seed ETSU is one spot back of the Eagles in sixth overall.
FGCU finished the season with a 13-3-2 overall record and a perfect 9-0 Atlantic Sun conference mark, becoming just the ninth team in conference history to accomplish the feat. The Blue and Green needed just one more point in order to clinch the regular season championship outright heading into the final pair of A-Sun games. The Eagles outscored their opponents 10-0 in those final two contests, bringing the A-Sun title to Fort Myers for the first time in the brief four-year history of the program.
Over the nine-game A-Sun season, FGCU shutout seven of its opponents, outscoring them 26-2 along the way. Dating back to the end of the 2009 season, the Eagles have gone 15-3 over their last 18 A-Sun contests and are currently riding an A-Sun home unbeaten streak of 11 games (10-0-1). FGCU is set to return 27 players, including 10 starters, next season.
Despite winning the A-Sun regular season, FGCU cannot compete in the conference postseason tournament due to the NCAA reclassifying period. FGCU will be eligible for postseason play in 2011.
NSCAA South Region Top 10
1. North Carolina (14-2-1)
2. Duke (9-4-4)
3. UCF (11-3-3)
4. South Carolina (9-6-2)
5. FGCU (13-3-2)
6. ETSU (13-5)
7. UNC-Greensboro (10-5-4)
8. College of Charleston (10-4-3)
9. Furman (9-6-4)
10. Wake Forest (8-8-2)
Others Receiving Votes: NC State and Appalachian State