BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#6) Spartans women's soccer up to No. 3, men’s soccer to No. 8

CIS TOP 10 RANKINGS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
SOCCER, CROSS COUNTRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLACKBERRY - CIS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#6)
Spartans women's soccer up to No. 3, men’s soccer to No. 8

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
After setting a Spartans record eight wins in a row in one season following back-to-back victories on the weekend, the Trinity Western women’s soccer team moved up to No. 3 in the latest CIS rankings, while the men’s soccer team, following a 1-0 loss to now No. 1 UBC, moved up to No. 8. This is the highest both soccer teams have been ranked all season. Both cross country teams remain unranked.

The women’s soccer team is coming off a 2-1 win over Victoria and a 1-0 win over Fraser Valley and are now 8-1-0 and sit atop the Canada West standings. The Spartans will travel to play No. 5 UBC this weekend in what will be a battle for first place.

The men’s soccer team saw its six-game unbeaten streak snapped this past weekend when they lost on the road to UBC 1-0. The Spartans, who are now 4-2-2 on the season and will travel to Victoria Friday and Fraser Valley Saturday with both games starting at 2:15 p.m.

The cross country teams were in Bellingham, WA this past weekend where they competed in the Western Washington Invitational at Lake Padden. The women’s team finished sixth in the nine team event while the men’s team finished ninth in the 11 team event. The next cross country meet for Trinity Western is the UBC Invitational at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, B.C. Oct. 22.

In men’s soccer, the Thunderbirds (5-0-3) move up to No. 1 ahead of York (7-1-3) after being ranked second behind the Lions in each of the first five coaches’ polls of the campaign. The two powerhouses met in last year’s CIS final, with York prevailing 1-0.

UBC scored a huge 1-0 home win over No. 8 Trinity Western (4-2-2) Friday night in its lone outing of the past week, while York suffered its first conference loss on the same evening, 2-0 at No. 7 McMaster (7-2-3), before rebounding two days later with a convincing 5-1 win at Brock (3-7-3).

The top-ranked T-Birds hit the road this weekend to face Fraser Valley (1-6-1) and Victoria (4-2-2).

Rounding out the new men’s soccer top five are No. 3 Cape Breton (6-0-1), No. 4 Carleton (9-2) and No. 5 St. Francis Xavier (5-0-2).

In women’s soccer, 2010 CIS finalist Laurier easily improved to 10-0 in OUA action with a 3-0 defeat of Western (3-7) in its only contest of the past week. The Golden Hawks visit cross-town rival Waterloo (1-5-3) on Saturday and then return home to face Windsor (5-3-2) on Sunday.

Montreal (7-0-1), Trinity Western (8-1), UPEI (7-0) and UBC (7-1-1) follow in order in the new poll.

In cross country, Guelph tops both men’s and women’s rankings for the third 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 still second and third on the women’s side, while Windsor and Western Ontario once again complete the men’s top three.  

NOTE: The first CIS volleyball rankings of the season will be published next Tuesday, while the first basketball rankings are due Nov. 1st.

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

1. Wilfrid Laurier (10-0-0) / 50 points / (1)
2. Montreal (7-0-1) / 44 / (2)
3. Trinity Western (8-1-0) / 41 / (4)
4. UPEI (7-0-0) / 30 / (5)
5. UBC (7-1-1) / 29 / (7)
6. Queen’s (10-1-1) / 28 / (3)
7. Alberta (6-2-0) / 23 / (6)
8. Sherbrooke (5-1-2) / 11 / (9) *
9. Toronto (8-1-3) / 11 / (NR)
10. Ottawa (8-3-1) / 3 / (8)

* Sherbrooke edges Toronto for the No. 8 spot thanks to a higher ranking the previous week.

Other teams receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (2).

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

1. UBC (5-0-3) / 59 points / (2)
2. York (7-1-3) / 51 / (1)
3. Cape Breton (6-0-1) / 47 / (3)
4. Carleton (9-2-0) / 41 / (5)
5. StFX (5-0-2) / 40 / (4)
6. Laval (5-1-1) / 32 / (6)
7. McMaster (7-2-3) / 17 / (NR)
8. Trinity Western (4-2-2) / 14 / (9)
9. Toronto (7-2-1) / 12 / (8)
10. McGill (4-2-1) / 7 / (10)

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

1. Guelph 99.1 points / (1)
2. McMaster 90.9 / (2)
3. Victoria 71.8 / (3)
4. Western Ontario 61.8 / (4)
5. Saskatchewan 48.2 / (6)
6. McGill 45.5 / (5)
7. Dalhousie 36.4 / (7)
8. Calgary 33.6 / (8)
9. Queen’s 20.9 / (9)
10. Toronto 11.8 / (10)

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

1. Guelph 98.3 points / (1)
2. Windsor 91.7 / (2)
3. Western Ontario 66.7 / (3)
4. Queen’s 63.3 / (4)
5. McMaster 58.3 / (6)
6. Victoria 50.8 / (5)
7. Regina 47.5 / (7)
8. Laval 40.0 / (8)
9. Calgary 19.2 / (9)
10. Toronto 10.0 / (10)

-CIS-

Last Updated: 2011-10-11
Author: Mark Janzen