The Wisconsin mens soccer teams unbeaten start to the season has garnered some attention this week, as the Badgers have climbed into the national polls for the first time this year.
The Badgers (3-0-1) find themselves ranked No. 21 in the Soccer America rankings released Monday and are receiving votes in the it=801"> --> NSCAA/adidas coaches poll , which was released Tuesday. Wisconsin downed then-No. 20 Santa Clara in overtime and battled Dayton to a draw over the weekend to remain unbeaten on the season.
In addition to its national ranking, the UW also moved up two spots to No. 6 in the it=798&dv=1&rg=Great_Lakes"> --> NSCAA/adidas Great Lakes Regional rankings after debuting at No. 8 a week ago. Akron, which is ranked second in the new national coaches poll, leads the ratings for the Great Lakes Region.
Undefeated Wake Forest remains atop the NSCAA/adidas national poll, with Akron, Creighton, Southern Methodist and Notre Dame rounding out the top five. Ohio State is the top-ranked Big Ten Conference team at No. 10, while Northwestern is ranked 14th and Indiana slides from sixth last week to No. 19.
The Badgers are one of five Big Ten programs in the latest Soccer America Top 25, with Ohio State leading the way at No. 13. Indiana is 15th, followed by Northwestern in 18th, Michigan at No. 19 and the Badgers at No. 21. Wake Forest is the top-ranked team again this week, followed by Creighton, Akron, Connecticut and Southern Methodist.
The UW, off to its best start since the 2002 season, wraps up the tournament portion of its schedule with a pair of games this weekend in the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic. The Badgers will face Cal State Northridge at 5 p.m. Friday before tangling with Binghamton at noon on Sunday.
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