Men's Soccer Achieves A Top-25 Ranking For The First Time In The History Of The Program

Sept. 9, 2002

Santa Barbara, Calif. - For the first time ever in the 35-year history of the program, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team has attained a top-25 national ranking.

With a 3-0-0 start to the 2002 season, the Gauchos have moved into the 25th spot in College Soccer News' national rankings. After receiving votes in the first poll of the season, UCSB moved into the top-25 with a convincing 6-0 win over St. Mary's in this past week two.

In addition to Santa Barbara's placement on the national poll, it has also improved its ranking in the highly competitive NCAA Far West Region, rising from 9th to 6th in the NSCAA regional coaches' rankings. UCSB is the only Big West school that is currently ranked in a national poll, and is ranked above all other conference schools regionally.

The Gauchos beat Michigan 5-3 to start the season, marking UCSB's first ever meeting with a Big Ten affiliated school. Their win over Michigan was followed up by a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime victory at Michigan State for their second victory against a Big Ten program. Their third win of the early season came in convincing fashion with a 6-0 rout of St. Mary's in Santa Barbara which propelled them into the national polls.

UCSB travels to Saint Louis University this weekend for the Nike Classic where they face-off against unbeaten James Madison and Southwest Missouri State. They will return home Saturday, September 21st, to host Westmont at 7:00 p.m. at Harder Stadium.