Burnaby, BC – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America released their third rankings poll of the season today for NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer. The Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team has jumped all the way to 12th in the national rankings today, after not being ranked in the first two polls. This marks the first time in history a Canadian team has been named in the NCAA rankings.
“We are incredibly happy to be the first Canadian team in history to be ranked in the NCAA,” said Alan Koch, Head Coach of the men’s soccer team. “It is a momentous day, but only part of the evolution of our program. We continue to get better and better every year, and look forward to representing SFU and Canada in the future. The sky is the limit for our current group players. We look forward to a very challenging trip to Montana and Idaho this week.”
The SFU Clan men’s soccer team has been impressive so far this season, going undefeated thus far with a 5-0 record. The club is 1-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play after the team defeated Western Washington University last Sunday at Terry Fox Field. In five games this season, the Clan has only allowed one goal, outscoring opponents by a combined total of 18-1.
The men’s and women’s soccer teams will both be in action this week with games in Montana and Idaho. On Thursday, the men will face Montana State Billings at 1:30 PM before the women’s team plays at 4:00 PM. On Saturday, the teams will face Northwest Nazarene University with the women playing at 12:00 PM prior to the men squaring off at 4:00 PM.