Men's Soccer Moves Up in Rankings

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Field hockey, women’s soccer

Kyle Plifka
Senior Kyle Plifka leads a Muhlenberg defense that has produced four shutouts in its last five games. The Mules rank 18th in Division III in team goals-against average and are one of 13 teams in the country to have allowed three or fewer goals this season.
The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team is receiving votes in both national polls for the first time this season.

The 5-1 Mules moved up from seventh to fourth (behind Messiah, Susquehanna and Dickinson) in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic rankings following Saturday’s 2-0 win against defending Centennial Conference regular-season champion Johns Hopkins. They are just outside of the top 25 in the national poll, listed as one of six teams receiving votes.

Muhlenberg also received 20 votes in the national poll.

The Mules have two big games this week, one of which could boost them in the polls. On Thursday, Muhlenberg hosts Swarthmore, which is ranked 19th in the poll and seventh in the NSCAA regional poll. Two days later, the team travels to Haverford to take on the 2011 CC runner-up.

In addition to Muhlenberg and Swarthmore, Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall also represent the CC in both polls. Dickinson is 20th in the NSCAA national poll, while F&M is 20th in the rankings.
Click here for the NSCAA polls.
Click here for the poll.

In other polls this week, women’s cross country moved back up one to No. 7 in the Mideast Regional rankings after capturing the Falcon Classic title on Saturday.

The CC dominates the regional rankings, with Johns Hopkins (1), Dickinson (2), Haverford (3), Gettysburg (5) and Swarthmore (9t) also appearing. The Mules will see two of the teams ranked ahead of them in the region – Dickinson and Elizabethtown (6) at this Saturday’s Dickinson Long/Short Invitational.
Click here for the regional rankings.

Despite falling to Johns Hopkins, the football team continues to receive votes in the AFCA national poll. The Mules (3-1) received four votes. Hopkins moved up one spot to No. 15, and CC rival Gettysburg received 16 votes. Muhlenberg closes out the first half of its season at Susquehanna on Saturday.
Click here for the AFCA poll.