October 22, 2008

Bloomsburg University Women's Soccer Ranked

BLOOMSBURG-- The Bloomsburg University women's soccer team is ranked 18th in the country in Division II according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA).

The Huskies, 12-3 and winners of six straight games, are also ranked second in the NSCAA Division II Atlantic Region poll and sixth in the NCAA Atlantic Regional poll. The top six teams in the NCAA regional rankings at the end of the year will advance to the NCAA championships.

Bloomsburg, which was not ranked nationally prior to this week, jumps into the poll at number 18. The only other PSAC team ranked in the top 20 is West Chester at number nine. West Chester is also ranked first in the Atlantic Region poll.

A solid offense and a strong defense have been keys this season for the Huskies. Offensively the team is having its best since 2004 with 34 goals scored this season and just 14 allowed. Freshman goalie Frances Nicoletti has a goals against average of 0.92 on the year with five shutouts.

The Huskies will host Kutztown on Saturday at 1 p.m.

NSCAA National Division II Women's Soccer Ranking

Rank School Prev. W-L-T
1 Grand Valley State (Mich.) 1 16-0-0
2 West Florida 2 14-0-1
3 C.W. Post (N.Y.) 4 13-1-0
4 Winona Sate (Minn.) 3 14-1-0
5 Columbus State (Ga.) 7 13-3-0
6 Central Missouri 10 12-1-1
7 Rollins (Fl.) 8 11-0-2
8 Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 6 12-1-2
9 West Chester (Pa.) 12 10-1-3
10 Winconsin-Parkside 9 11-0-2
11 North Carolina-Pembroke 13 12-1-1
12 Metro State (Colo.) 11 11-1-3
13 Western Washington 14 11-2-1
14 Incarnate Word (Texas) 16 10-1-1
15 Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 17 10-3-1
16 Northern Kentucky 19 12-2-0
17 Minnesota State-Mankato 15 9-2-2
18 Bloomsburg (Pa.) NR 11-3-0
19 West Virginia Wesleyan 5 12-1-0
20 Georgia College & State 21 10-1-3
21 Merrimack (Mass.) 24 10-2-2
22 UC San Diego NR 12-2-1
23 Nebraska-Omaha NR 9-3-0
24 Florida Southern NR 11-3-0
25 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) NR 8-4-2

NCAA Women's Soccer Atlantic Region Rankings

1 West Chester (Pa.) 10-1-3
2 Bloomsburg (Pa.) 11-3-0
3 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 8-4-2
4 West Virginia Wesleyan 12-1-0
5 Slippery Rock (Pa.) 11-3-1
6 Kutztown (Pa.) 10-4-2
7 Indiana (Pa.) 11-5-0
8 Gannon (Pa.) 9-4-1
9 Mercyhurst (Pa.) 8-4-3
10 California (Pa.) 9-4-3

NCAA Atlantic Region Poll

Atlantic Region In-Region Record Overall Record
1. West Chester 10-1-3 10-1-3
2. Slippery Rock 11-3-1 11-3-1
3. West Va. Wesleyan 12-1-0 12-1-0
4. East Stroudsburg 8-4-2 8-4-2
5. Kutztown 9-4-2 10-4-2
6. Bloomsburg 11-3-0 11-3-0
7. Indiana (Pa.) 11-5-0 11-5-0
8. Gannon 9-4-1 9-4-1
9. Mercyhurst 8-4-3 8-4-3
10. California (Pa.) 9-4-3 9-4-3