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NCAA Top 25: Monmouth cracks top five, Akron still No. 1

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The Akron Zips held on to the top spot in NSCAA/ National Rankings for the third straight week following a 2-0 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday. Virginia stays at No. 2 despite drawing with Duke, who fell to 11th in the rankings, which were released on Tuesday.

Tulsa sits only five points behind Virginia at No. 3 following two weekend victories. North Carolina stays at No. 4 for the third consecutive week after dispatching in-state rivals N.C. State 1-0. Monmouth jumped into the top five after starting their season with four straight victories. 

Boston College tumbled eight places to No. 13 despite earning a draw against No. 7 Maryland on Friday. Georgetown and Drake, ranked 20th and 22nd last week respectively, didn't receive a single vote and dropped out of the rankings after both teams suffered a couple of losses this weekend. 

Southern Methodist debuted at 18 in the rankings along with No. 21 Butler and No. 22 Pennsylvania. The three newcomers are a combined 13-0-0 through the first couple of weeks. 

Check out the full rankings after the jump:

NCAA Men's Top 25

  1. Akron (23) 575 (3-0-0)
  2. Virginia 531 (2-0-1)
  3. Tulsa 526 (4-0-0)
  4. North Carolina 495 (2-1-0)
  5. Monmouth 405 (4-0-0)
  6. Harvard 379 (2-0-1)
  7. Maryland 372 (1-1-1)
  8. Connecticut 368 (3-0-1)
  9. Ohio State 367 (4-0-0)
10. UC Irvine 366 (5-0-0)
11. Duke 359 (1-0-2)
12. Louisville 358 (3-0-1)
13. Boston College 356 (2-0-1)
14. Wake Forest 293 (1-1-1)
15. Portland 245 (2-0-2)
16. Creighton 236 (4-0-0)
17. UCLA 234 (3-1-0)
18. Southern Methodist 161 (5-0-0)
19. Michigan State 147 (3-1-0)
20. St. John's 117 (3-1-0)
21. Butler 94 (4-0-0)
22. Pennsylvania 74 (4-0-0)
23. Penn State 72 (3-1-0)
24. Indiana 49 (2-2-0)
25. California 39 (2-1-1)

Others receiving votes:  Lafayette 37, Cal State Bakersfield 32, South Florida 29, William & Mary 24, South Carolina 20, Evansville 19, UAB 18, Northwestern 10, Brown 10, Saint Louis 10, UNC Wilmington 8, George Mason 6, Towson 6, Old Dominion 5, Notre Dame 5, Loyola Marymount 4, Charlotte 4, Saint Mary's 3, UC Santa Barbara 2, New Mexico 2, Sacred Heart 2.


What do you think of this week's rankings? Which team's ranking is the most surprising? Any teams you disappointed with early in the season?

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  1. Parent of D1 player is kind of like having a sticker on your car that says “parent of honor roll student” except adapted for the web. And although you may be the parent of an athlete you need to look up some facts before you claim something is inaccurate.

    On the question of D1 soccer (D2 and D3 don’t matter) there are 198 NCAA D1 programs.
    There are 347 D1 mens basketball programs. I’ll let you do the math on that but that constitutes a big disparity.

    To your claim that D2 doesn’t offer scholarships is laughable and shows it is you who is talking in complete ignorance.

    I work at a school that competes in NCAA D2 and I know that the school offers scholarships. BTW D1 football has 236 programs which is also “many” more than D1 mens soccer.

  2. This post is completely inaccurate.

    Please list the “many” schools that opt to not have an NCAA mens’ soccer program. There are literally hundreds of schools across D1, D2 and D3 that have mens’ programs, all NCAA sanctioned intercollegiate programs.

    Athletic scholarships are restricted to D1 in all intercollegiate sports. The number of scholarships available is determined by the NCAA in ALL sports.

    Don’t bother commenting if you don’t know what you are talking about.

  3. In the current state of US soccer youth development, having more scholarship programs will hardly improve our talent pool. Sure, it would afford more kids the chance to go to college and play collegiately. But the number of scholarship programs isn’t really a Title IX issue. There are a lot non-scholarship NCAA programs that have soccer teams, too, but they don’t have the budget for scholarships. In that sense, there are lots of opportunities for student athletes to play in competitive soccer programs.

  4. Since the best and most promising high school age players presumably get the scholarships/slots from existing programs, your question presumes that there are some very late bloomers who could work their way up to professional or even USMNT level. Not impossible, but pretty difficult. Increasing the size of the pool is probably more critical at the U8-U19 level so we identify the players who have the potential and the time to develop into top players. By the time those players get to college, it’s pretty late.

  5. Due to title 9 many schools opt to not have an NCAA mens soccer program and mens soccer is then relegated to a school “club” sport. College programs are starting to produce some good talent that may have an impact on the USMNT. Might we have a stronger pool of players at the college level if all universities had an NCAA mens soccer team with scholarships etc? Could we have a better domestic league and national team if this was the case?


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