Soccer Soars to No. 15 in Latest Coaches Poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Riding an unbeaten start to the season and a blistering offensive attack, the Kentucky men's soccer team has soared to No. 15 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Kentucky (3-0-1) has climbed from No. 21 in the NSCAA poll last week to No. 15, UK's highest ranking since moving to No. 13 in 2009, before a tilt at No. 6 Indiana. UK is also ranked No. 23 in the College Soccer News top-30 poll, after checking in at No. 29 last week, also advancing into the Soccer Times poll for the first time in 2011, at No. 23.

UK is off to an unbeaten start to 2011, posting wins over Dayton, No. 9 Michigan and Wright State, before a 2-2 weather-shortened draw with IUPUI on Sunday. The Wildcats have been led by an electric offensive attack that has seen UK take 22 shots per game and firing 43 total corners in just four contests, with opponents mustering only nine corners and 6.2 shots per game.

The Wildcats have been led offensively by Tyler Riggs, who has four goals and an assist in the first four games of 2011. Matt Lodge has fired a team-high 22 shots, including two goals and one assist. C.J. Tappel and Brad Walker each own a goal, while Charles Pettys leads UK with three assists. In goal, starter Tyler Beadle has tallied a 0.67 goals-against average.

UK wraps up its five-game, season-opening homestand on Tuesday night with IPFW at 7 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex.

NSCAA
1.         North Carolina   
2.         Maryland
3.         Connecticut  
4.         Akron
5.         Creighton
6.         UC Santa Barbara  
7.         Louisville
8.         Boston College  
9.         UC Irvine
10.       Indiana  
11.       South Florida
12.       West Virginia
13.       Central Florida  
14.       William & Mary   
15.       Kentucky
16.       Virginia Commonwealth  
17.       Notre Dame
18.       Monmouth
19.       Penn State
20.       Northern Illinois   
21.       Charlotte
22.       California  
23.       Washington  
24.       Virginia  
25.       St. John's         

College Soccer News
1.         North Carolina
2.         Louisville         
3.         Connecticut     
4.         Maryland        
5.         Creighton        
6.         Akron
7.         UC Santa Barbara       
8.         Boston College            
9.         Indiana           
10.       West Virginia
11.       Virginia           
12.       South Florida   
13.       California        
14.       Notre Dame    
15.       Brown             
16.       William and Mary       
17.       Charlotte         
18.       Penn State       
19.       Central Florida           
20.       Ohio State       
21.       Monmouth      
22.       Old Dominion
23.       Kentucky   
24.       Providence      
25.       St. John's         
26.       UC Irvine
27.       UNC Greensboro
28.       VCU     
29.       New Mexico
30.       Penn    

Soccer Times
1.         North Carolina
2.         Maryland
3.         Connecticut     
4.         Akron
5.         Louisville         
6.         UC-Santa Barbara       
7.         Creighton       
8.         Boston College            
9.         Indiana           
10.       South Florida   
11.       California-Irvine          
12.       Central Florida           
13.       West Virginia
14.       Virginia           
15.       Penn State
16.       William & Mary          
17.       Notre Dame    
18.       SMU
19.       California        
20.       Monmouth      
21.       Ohio State       
22.       Kentucky    
23.       UCLA   
24.       New Mexico    
25.       Brown
25.       St. John's                    

Wildcats Wrap up Homestand Tuesday Night; Travel to Stanford, Cal for Weekend

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Riding an unbeaten start to the season and a blistering offensive attack, the Kentucky men's soccer team has soared to No. 15 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Kentucky (3-0-1) has climbed from No. 21 in the NSCAA poll last week to No. 15, UK's highest ranking since moving to No. 13 in 2009, before a tilt at No. 6 Indiana. UK is also ranked No. 23 in the College Soccer News top-30 poll, after checking in at No. 29 last week, also advancing into the Soccer Times poll for the first time in 2011, at No. 23.

 

UK is off to an unbeaten start to 2011, posting wins over Dayton, No. 9 Michigan and Wright State, before a 2-2 weather-shortened draw with IUPUI on Sunday. The Wildcats have been led by an electric offensive attack that has seen UK take 22 shots per game and firing 43 total corners in just four contests, with opponents mustering only nine corners and 6.2 shots per game.

 

The Wildcats have been led offensively by Tyler Riggs, who has four goals and an assist in the first four games of 2011. Matt Lodge has fired a team-high 22 shots, including two goals and one assist. C.J. Tappel and Brad Walker each own a goal, while Charles Pettys leads UK with three assists. In goal, starter Tyler Beadle has tallied a 0.67 goals-against average.

 

UK wraps up its five-game, season-opening homestand on Tuesday night with IPFW at 7 p.m. ET at the UK Soccer Complex.

 

NSCAA

1.         North Carolina  

2.         Maryland

3.         Connecticut 

4.         Akron

5.         Creighton

6.         UC Santa Barbara 

7.         Louisville

8.         Boston College 

9.         UC Irvine

10.       Indiana 

11.       South Florida

12.       West Virginia

13.       Central Florida 

14.       William & Mary  

15.       Kentucky

16.       Virginia Commonwealth 

17.       Notre Dame

18.       Monmouth

19.       Penn State

20.       Northern Illinois  

21.       Charlotte

22.       California  

23.       Washington 

24.       Virginia 

25.       St. John's        

 

College Soccer News

 

1.         North Carolina

2.         Louisville        

3.         Connecticut    

4.         Maryland       

5.         Creighton       

6.         Akron

7.         UC Santa Barbara      

8.         Boston College           

9.         Indiana          

10.       West Virginia

11.       Virginia          

12.       South Florida  

13.       California       

14.       Notre Dame   

15.       Brown            

16.       William and Mary      

17.       Charlotte        

18.       Penn State      

19.       Central Florida          

20.       Ohio State      

21.       Monmouth     

22.       Old Dominion

23.       Kentucky  

24.       Providence     

25.       St. John's        

26.       UC Irvine

27.       UNC Greensboro

28.       VCU    

29.       New Mexico

30.       Penn   

 

Soccer Times

1.         North Carolina

2.         Maryland

3.         Connecticut    

4.         Akron

5.         Louisville        

6.         UC-Santa Barbara      

7.         Creighton      

8.         Boston College           

9.         Indiana          

10.       South Florida  

11.       California-Irvine         

12.       Central Florida          

13.       West Virginia

14.       Virginia          

15.       Penn State

16.       William & Mary         

17.       Notre Dame   

18.       SMU

19.       California       

20.       Monmouth     

21.       Ohio State      

22.       Kentucky   

23.       UCLA  

24.       New Mexico   

25.       Brown

25.       St. John's                    

 

* UK 2011 opponents in bold.