POLL: @Patriots_msoccer rockets up to No. 17 in nation

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s soccer team has propelled its self into the national consciousness at No. 17 in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Poll after starting American Southwest Conference with a pair of shutout wins along with opening the season with a 1-0 victory over then-No. 7 ranked Redlands.

UNITED SOCCER COACHES POLL

The Patriots (3-1-2, 2-0 ASC) began ASC play last week with a 2-0 win over UT Dallas which is now ranked No. 25 and then a 5-0 win over previously unbeaten Howard Payne. UT Tyler, which was unranked in the preseason poll, has outscored its opponents by a 10-3 margin through six games and has already had four shutouts.

Leandro Cid-Fernandez leads the Patriots with three goals this season, including matching the all-time UT Tyler record with one against HPU. He currently has 33 career goals, just one away from passing Barrett Browning for the all-time record. Akon N’Guetta is coming off a two-goal performance against HPU for the Patriots for his first two goals of the season, while Lucas Pereira leads the team with three assists and also has two goals. UT Tyler goalkeeper John McGuffin has anchored a stout defensive effort with 15 saves, while the team’s offense has a 33-17 shot advantage this season.

The University of Chicago is the top ranked NCAA DIII team in this week’s poll, followed by No. 2 Calvin, No. 3 Tufts, No. 4 Lycoming College and then John Carroll to round out the top-5. Trinity University is No. 6 after dropping two spots despite a 5-0 record this season.

UT Tyler will return to action this week with a pair of road games, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday against Concordia at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex. The Tornados are 5-0 on the season after opening ASC play with shutout wins over East Texas Baptist and LeTourneau last weekend. The Patriots will then take on Mary Hardin-Baylor (5-1) at 7:30 p.m. at the Cru Soccer Field in Belton to finish the second week of conference play.

United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men - National - Poll 2 - September 19, 2017

Rank School Prev. W-L-T
1 University Of Chicago 3 5-0-0
2 Calvin College 2 5-0-0
3 Tufts University 1 3-0-0
4 Lycoming College 6 6-0-0
5 John Carroll University 7 5-0-0
6 Trinity University (Texas) 4 5-0-0
7 SUNY Oneonta 5 4-0-0
8 Washington & Lee University 9 4-0-1
9 University of St. Thomas 11 5-1-0
10 Messiah College 16 4-1-0
11 Rutgers University-Newark 17 5-0-0
12 Brandeis University NR 3-1-0
13 SUNY Cortland 14 5-1-0
14 Carnegie Mellon University 21 3-1-0
15 Loras College 19 3-2-0
16 Johns Hopkins University NR 5-0-0
17 University Of Texas-Tyler NR 2-1-1
18 Washington University (Mo.) RV 3-0-1
19 Springfield College NR 4-0-0
20 University Of Mary Washington NR 3-1-1
21 Transylvania University NR 4-0-0
22 Skidmore College NR 2-0-1
23 Haverford College 8 4-0-1
24 Colorado College 20 2-1-1
25 University of Texas-Dallas RV 2-3-0

Records shown are through games of Sept 17, 2017

Also receiving votes: Macalester College, Rowan University, North Park University, Gettysburg College, Connecticut College, Carthage College