For the second year in a row, the Wisconsin mens soccer team is ranked in the national polls as one of the top teams in the country. UW is ranked 20th in the Soccer America Mens Top 25, and has received votes for the NSCAA National Rankings, SoccerTimes.com Top 25 Poll, and the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll.
Prior to this week, the Badgers had not been ranked among the top 20 teams in the country since October of 1996, when the team reached a peak ranking of No. 7 before falling out of the top 25 at the end of the month.
Last season, the Badgers (3-1-0) were ranked 22nd in both the Soccer America Mens Top 25 and the SoccerTimes.com Top 25 Coaches Poll, and 24th in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll in the first week of October.
This is the first time Wisconsin has been ranked in September since 2002, when the team was 22nd in the NSCAA National Rankings.
It is great to received national recognition as to how the team has performed in the first few games, head coach Jeff Rohrman commented, but it is a long season and we have a lot of work ahead of us.
The Badgers do look forward to a competitive season this year, especially within their conference. Including Wisconsin, five of the seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the Soccer America Mens Top 25 this week.
I believe this is a reflection of the caliber of play and level of talent in the Big Ten, Rohrman stated. Over the course of the year, I expect all of the Big Ten teams will have great seasons.
UW seeks to uphold its national standing in the first game of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic against Gonzaga (2-1-0), which defeated both then-No. 1 UC-Santa Barbara and No. 15 Washington to put its team in the rankings as well in the No. 16 spot. Kickoff will be Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee.