BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#5) Spartans women soccer ranked No. 4, men’s soccer No. 9

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011
SOCCER, CROSS COUNTRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#5)
Spartans women soccer ranked No. 4, men’s soccer No. 9

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
After earning back-to-back wins for the third weekend in a row, the Trinity Western women’s soccer team moved up to No. 4 in the latest CIS Top 10 while the men’s soccer team is ranked for the first time all year, at No. 9, following a win over Lethbridge and a tie with Calgary. Both cross country teams remain unranked.

The women’s soccer team was on the road for the second weekend in a row and earned convincing wins over Regina (4-0) and Manitoba (4-1) as the Spartans have now outscored their opponents 18-2 in their last six games and are ranked higher than they’ve been all season. Their highest ranking previously was No. 5 in the preseason poll.

The Spartans will try to extend their six game winning streak this weekend at home when they host Victoria Friday and Fraser Valley Saturday. Both games are at 5:00 p.m. at Rogers Park.

The men’s soccer team, which is currently riding a six game unbeaten streak, entered the CIS Top 10 for the first time this year as they have gone 4-0-2 since a season-opening loss to Fraser Valley. In that span, they’ve outscored their opponents 9-3 and have only allowed four goals all year.

The idle cross country team remained unranked but will return to action this weekend when the participate in the Western Washington Classic Invitational in Bellingham, WA.

In women’s soccer, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, CIS silver medallists a year ago, remain at No. 1 for the fourth straight week following shutout wins against Brock (3-5-2), 1-0, and Guelph (2-5-1), 4-0. The Hawks, who improved to a perfect 9-0 in OUA play, host Western (3-6) on Wednesday night in their lone game of the week.

Montreal (7-0-1) and reigning CIS champion Queen’s (8-0-1) hold on to the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively.

In men’s soccer, the defending CIS champion York Lions (6-0-3) top the rankings for the fifth time in as many coaches’ poll this season. The Lions, who blanked Waterloo (2-7) 4-0 last week, visit McMaster (6-2-2) and Brock (3-5-3) on Thanksgiving weekend.

UBC (4-0-3) remains second in the new poll, while Cape Breton (6-0-1) moves up one spot to round out the leading trio.

In cross country, Guelph tops both men’s and women’s rankings for the second consecutive week. The Gryphons have captured the last six CIS women’s titles and five straight men’s banners – both all-time records.

McMaster and Victoria are second and third on the women’s side, while Windsor and Western Ontario complete the men’s top three.  

WOMEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Wilfrid Laurier (9-0-0) / 50 points / (1)
2. Montreal (7-0-1) / 45 / (2)
3. Queen’s (8-0-1) / 38 / (3)
4. Trinity Western (6-1-0) / 36 / (5)
5. UPEI (7-0-0) / 28 / (6)
6. Alberta (6-2-0) / 24 / (4)
7. UBC (5-1-1) / 22 / (7)
8. Ottawa (8-2-1) / 15 / (9)
9. Sherbrooke (5-1-2) / 10 / (NR)
10. Dalhousie (5-2-0) / 2 / (10) *

* Dalhousie edges Saint Mary’s for the No. 10 spot thanks to a higher ranking the previous week.

Other teams receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (2), McGill (1), Windsor (1), Victoria (1), Toronto (1), Calgary (1).

MEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

1. York (6-0-3) / 60 points / (1)
2. UBC (4-0-3) / 54 / (2)
3. Cape Breton (6-0-1) / 46 / (4)
4. StFX (5-0-2) / 39 / (3)
5. Carleton (8-2-0) / 30 / (7)
6. Laval (5-1-1) / 25 / (NR)
7. Western (5-1-4) / 20 / (6)
8. Toronto (6-1-1) / 19 / (9)
9. Trinity Western (4-1-2) / 15 / (NR)
10. McGill (4-2-1) / 9 / (5)

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 96.0 points / (1)
2. McMaster 90.0 / (2)
3. Victoria 60.7 / (4)
4. Western Ontario 57.3 / (3)
5. McGill 54.0 / (5)
6. Saskatchewan 38.0 / (NR)
7. Dalhousie 34.0 / (6)
8. Calgary 32.7 / (7)
9. Queen’s 24.7 / (8)
10. Toronto 14.0 / (NR)

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Guelph 96.7 points / (1)
2. Windsor 88.0 / (2)
3. Western Ontario 60.0 / (3)
4. Queen’s 53.3 / (4)
5. Victoria 51.3 / (5)
6. McMaster 49.3 / (10)
7. Regina 42.7 / (6)
8. Laval 32.7 / (7)
9. Calgary 27.3 / (9)
10. Toronto 20.7 / (8)

-CIS-

Last Updated: 2011-10-04
Author: Mark Janzen