SOCCER COACHES ASSOCIATION RANKS UNH 23RD NATIONALLY

WILDCATS IN TOP FIVE IN SEVERAL NCAA STATISTICAL CATEGORIES

MISSION, Kan. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team continues to gain national recognition for its undefeated start, as the Wildcats are ranked 23rd in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll, released Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first time the Wildcats have appeared in the national rankings since September 1997, when UNH was ranked 22nd after starting that season 5-0. The closest the program came to a national ranking in the interim was in 2002, when the Wildcats received votes for the College Soccer News Top 30.

New Hampshire, at 5-0-1 off to its best start in 12 years, moves up from fourth to second in the NSCAA/adidas New England regional poll, passing Vermont and Boston College to place behind only Connecticut. The Wildcats are one of two America East teams in the national poll, as Binghamton is just ahead in 21st position.

The unbeaten start can be attributed in large part to the play of the UNH defense, which finds itself in the top five in several NCAA Division I statistical categories. The Wildcats are second in team goals against average (0.16) and shutout percentage (0.83), third in save percentage (.944), and fourth in winning percentage (.917). Individually, junior goalie Brian Levey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is second in Division I in goals against average (0.16) and fourth in save percentage (.941).

The team plays its first home game in 17 days against Massachusetts tomorrow, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. at Bremner Field.

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