SALISBURY, Md. – After a 2-0 week, including two additional shutouts bringing the total to 10 for the season, the Salisbury University men's soccer team made huge jumps in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and D3soccer.com polls this week, the organizations announced Tuesday.
The Sea Gulls (11-1-3, 5-1 CAC) made substantial strides in the Capital Athletic Conference this past week, recording a 5-0 victory over Marymount (Va.) University and following it up with a late game-winning goal against Frostburg State University for a 1-0 blank.
With the two shutouts, SU made the biggest jump over all the other teams in the top 20 in the NSCAA ranking, going from receiving votes to No. 15 in the country. In the D3soccer.com poll, the Gulls made a three-spot bump from No. 19 last week to No. 16 this week, receiving 261 points.
Although the defending national champions, Messiah College, tied Stevenson University this past week, the Falcons still remain atop both polls. Coming in at No. 2 in the NSCAA ranking is Trinity (Texas) University, while Franklin & Marshall College holds the second spot in the D3soccer.com poll.
Salisbury gets set for its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, October 22, as the Gulls take on CAC-foe Christopher Newport University. The Captains are the only other conference team joining SU in the top 20, as CNU sits at No. 11 in the NSCAA ranking and one spot behind the Gulls in the D3soccer.com poll at No. 17. First touch is set for 3:30 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex.