Soccer Ranked In Two Regional Polls
Oct. 8, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After a strong showing last weekend, the East Carolina soccer teams finds itself ranked in two regional polls this week. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has given the Pirates a No. 9 Southeast Region ranking while Soccer Buzz, the exclusive collegiate publication for women's soccer, has ranked ECU No. 12 in its Southeast Region poll.
The Pirates were ranked No. 13 in last week's Soccer Buzz Southeast Region poll while the No. 9 showing is East Carolina's highest-ever in the NSCAA weekly regional ranking, besting a No. 10 spot that the squad held for three weeks in 1999.
The Pirates remained in first-place in Conference USA after the weekend with a 2-0 shutout of Southern Miss and a 1-1 draw with UCF, with both contests taking place on the road. Additionally, due to the team's 8-3-1 overall record, it has earned a ranking of 46 in the first RPI released by the NCAA this week. East Carolina is one of four C-USA squads ranked in the top 50 of the initial RPI along with UCF (26), Rice (37) and Colorado College (38). The Pirates shut out Rice, 2-0 in Houston to begin conference play.
ECU returns home this weekend for the first time in four matches, as it hosts Tulsa on Friday and SMU on Sunday at Bunting Field. The match against the Golden Hurricane is scheduled for 4 p.m. while the Pirates square off against the Mustangs at 1 p.m.