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FGCU Moves To #11 In NSCAA Poll

Published: October 18, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Riding the nation’s longest winning streak, the FGCU men’s soccer team moved up one spot to the #11 position in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 Poll – the highest national ranking of any program in FGCU’s Division-I history.

FGCU (10-2-1, 2-0-0 ASUN) has won a program-record 10-straight games and moves up after sitting at #12 each of the previous two weeks. That #12 ranking was the previous high for an FGCU team in the D-I era (2007-08).

It’s the fourth-straight week the Eagles have been ranked in the NSCAA top 15. Three weeks ago, FGCU appeared at #15 – four spots higher than the team’s previous regular-season high mark of #19, set three times and most recently last September. This week is just the fifth time in program history that FGCU has been ranked in the NSCAA poll (full ranking history at the end of this release).

Among the teams FGCU is ranked ahead of include: Stanford, Louisville, Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan State and UCLA. The Eagles are the only team in Florida ranked or receiving votes in the poll. Despite several other prominent national polls each week, the NSCAA Top 25 is the only poll the NCAA officially recognizes.

Prior to this year, the program’s previous highest ranking was #14 in the Goal.com Preseason Poll on Aug. 2, 2011. The Eagles are also ranked #17 in TopDrawerSoccer’s poll this week and #15 in the Soccer America poll.

In addition to the winning streak, FGCU possesses the nation’s most potent offense. The Eagles lead the nation in goals (44, next closest: 35), points (122, next closest: 103), goals per game (3.38, next closest: 2.69) and points per game (9.38, next closest: 7.92). The point and goal totals are already single-season program records, far surpassing the previous marks of 35 and 108, respectively.

FGCU’s current 10-game winning streak is two better than the previous program record of eight set in 2010 and 2012. Top-ranked Maryland has the second-longest winning streak in the country at eight in a row, but currently no other team nationally has won more than five straight.

The Eagles are back at home tonight – Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. – against ASUN foe North Florida. UNF (6-3-1, 2-0-0 ASUN) and FGCU are the lone unbeaten teams in ASUN play. The Ospreys were tabbed for a 2nd-place finish in the league’s preseason poll – just four points behind the Eagles – and with two 1st-place votes had the same as FGCU and Lipscomb.

FGCU National Ranking History
10/5/2010: #25 Soccer America
10/12/2010: #24 Soccer America
10/14/2010: #24 Top Drawer Soccer
10/19/2010: #21 Soccer America
10/26/2010: #23 Soccer America
11/2/2010: #19 Soccer America
11/9/2010: #19 Soccer America
11/16/2010: #20 Soccer America (Final Poll)
8/2/2011: #14 Goal.com (Preseason Poll)
8/30/2011: #22 Goal.com
9/27/2011: #25 Goal.com
9/9/2014: #24 NSCAA and Soccer America
8/31/2015: #19 Top Drawer Soccer
10/13/2015: #22 Top Drawer Soccer
10/20/2015: #22 Top Drawer Soccer
9/27/2016: #15 NSCAA
10/4/2016: #12 NSCAA
10/11/2016: #12 NSCAA
10/18/2016: #11 NSCAA

NSCAA Top-25 Poll – Points

1) Maryland – 598

2) Wake Forest – 545

3) North Carolina – 525

4) Notre Dame – 515

5) Denver – 508

6) Syracuse – 437

7) Indiana – 432

8) Clemson – 415

9) Charlotte – 398

10) Creighton – 397

11) FGCU – 344

12) Stanford – 328

13) Louisville – 290

14) UMass-Lowell – 273

15) Loyola-Chicago – 263

16) Virginia – 231

17) Washington – 202

18) Kentucky – 176

19) Butler – 174

20) Michigan State – 129

21) Utah Valley – 91

22) Akron – 89

23) Virginia Tech – 82

24) UCLA – 73

25) Radford – 70

TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game tickets are available for all remaining home games. More information, including special discounts and group rates, can be accessed by visiting FGCUTickets.com. To purchase tickets, or for additional inquiries, call the FGCU Ticket Office at 239-590-7145 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or log on to FGCUTickets.com.

FOLLOW ALONG
For up-to-the minute information and a behind-the-scenes look at the FGCU men’s soccer program, follow on Twitter @FGCU_MSoccer, Instagram @FGCU_MSoccer, Facebook /FGCUMSoccer and YouTube /FGCUAthletics.

COACH BUTEHORN
FGCU is led by Bob Butehorn, who has coached six professional players and 54 ASUN All-Conference selections since FGCU started its program in 2007. In just five years of postseason eligibility, Butehorn has guided FGCU to three ASUN Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances – in 2011, 2012 and 2014 – and has won an unprecedented six-straight ASUN regular-season championships. His teams have been ranked nationally on several occasions by multiple media outlets. Now in his 14th season as a head coach, Butehorn has a 125-92-26 (.568) overall record, 91-60-22 (.590) mark in his 10th season at FGCU and 50-17-6 (.726) record in ASUN contests.

SUPPORT THE CAUSE
FGCU Athletics sponsors events throughout the year to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and utilize the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

 
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