UW Women Jump into No. 4 Spot in Soccer Rankings

Sept. 14, 2004

SEATTLE - The undefeated Washington women's soccer team vaulted into a No. 4 national ranking in the Soccer America magazine poll released Tuesday, moving up from last week's No. 12 position.

Only one Washington women's soccer team has been ranked higher. The Huskies held down the No. 3 ranking for one week in late October of 2000 before rising into the No. 2 spot for two weeks.

Washington improved to 5-0 with a pair of shutout victories last weekend. UW defeated UAB 1-0 on Friday and Weber State 2-0 on Sunday.

The Huskies also received recognition in the other soccer polls. They are ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA coaches' poll, No. 4 by Soccer Times and No. 8 by Soccer Buzz.

The Huskies were unranked in the preseason polls, but collected a No. 15 ranking after wins over two ranked teams during the opening week of the season. UW moved up to No. 12 last week after beating No. 8 Tennessee.

The Huskies' lofty ranking will be tested Friday, Sept. 17 when they visit Maryland. The Terrapins (3-1-1) upset then 8th-ranked UCLA 2-1 on Sunday.

Six teams in the current rankings are on the Washington schedule, including No. 5 Penn State, No. 6 Portland, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 22 Stanford and No. 23 California.


Soccer America NCAA Women's Soccer Rankings

Rank  School (Record)       Last Week
1. Notre Dame (6-0-0) 2
2. North Carolina (5-0-1) 1
3. Virginia (6-0-0) 54. WASHINGTON (5-0-0) 125. Penn State (3-1-0) 9
6. Portland (5-1-0) 10
7. Kansas (6-0-0) 13
8. Florida (4-1-1) 11
9. Florida State (4-1-0) 3
10. Clemson (5-1-0) 4
11. Santa Clara (2-2-1) 7
12. UCLA (3-2-0) 8
13. Tennessee (2-1-2) 15
14. Texas A&M (4-2-0) 24
15. Texas (3-2-0) 6
16. Pepperdine (5-0-1) 19
17. Illinois (5-0-0) 20
18. West Virginia (5-1-0) 21
19. Princeton (3-0-0) 23
20. SMU (3-1-1) 24
21. Rutgers (4-2-0) nr
22. Stanford (3-2-0) nr
23. California (4-1-1) nr
24. Yale (5-0-0) nr
25. Wisconsin (6-0-0) nr
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