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Men's Soccer Receives Poll Votes

Sept. 4, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University received votes and helped shake up the first weekly SoccerTimes.com rankings by virtue of the Bulldogs 1-0 victory Sunday over defending College Cup champion UC Santa Barbara.

The Bulldogs garnered 9 votes from the panel of coaches to appear in the others receiving votes category.

UCSB, which had tied Stanford University 2-2 in its season opener Friday prior to Sunday's upset to Gonzaga, fell from first in the pre-season rankings to 12th this week.

Gonzaga downed a defending national champion for the first time in school history, the Bulldogs losing 1-0 to UCLA in 1998 in their only other matchup against a defending champ. UCLA won the 1997 title with a 22-2 mark. The win over the top-ranked Gauchos was the second for the Bulldogs over a No. 1 team. Gonzaga won at Criehgton University 1-0 in 1999 in the Blue Jay Invitational, then two weeks later fell to West Coast Conference foe and then top-ranked Santa Clara University 1-0.

The going doesn't get any easier for the Bulldogs with No. 15 University of Washington coming to town Friday for a 4 p.m. match following the Gonzaga women's match with Washington State University that has a 2 p.m. kickoff.

Washington, 18th in the SoccerTime.com pre-season poll, moved up three spots after a 1-0-1 start last weekend with a scoreless tie against the University of New Hampshire and a 5-1 victory over CS Bakersfield to win the NIKE Invitational hosted by the University of Portland.

Gonzaga has not been ranked in the Top 25 since Oct. 16, 2001, when the Bulldogs were 16th in the Soccer America balloting to match their highest ranking ever.

The Bulldogs did not receive votes in the Soccer America, NSCAA or College Soccer News polls, the other three major recognized polls.


SoccerTimes.com Men's Soccer Poll
(Through matches of Sept. 3)

Rank School Record Pts LW1 Wake Forest (6) 2-0-0 389 42 Duke (7) 2-0-0 381 33 Virginia (2) 2-0-0 362 54 Maryland (1) 1-0-1 337 9 Indiana 1-0-1 337 76 Santa Clara 2-0-0 325 67 Southern Methodist 0-0-1 275 88 California 1-0-0 260 119 Connecticut 2-0-0 259 1510 Notre Dame 1-1-0 248 1011 UCLA 0-2-0 208 212 UC Santa Barbara 0-1-1 198 113 Northwestern 2-0-0 161 1914 Saint Louis 0-0-1 152 2015 Washington 1-0-1 146 1816 Creighton 1-0-1 140 1717 Akron 2-0-0 112 nr18 West Virginia 1-1-0 111 1619 South Carolina 1-0-0 107 nr20 New Mexico 1-1-0 94 12 Harvard 1-0-0 94 2322 St. John's 1-1-0 88 1323 Ohio State 1-0-1 57 nr24 Fairfield 2-0-0 48 nr25 Old Dominion 0-1-1 41 22

Key: Pts - Total points. LW - Last week's ranking. t - tie. nr - no ranking

Dropped out: No. 14 North Carolina, No. 21 Clemson, No. 24 North Carolina-Greensboro, No. 25 Lehigh.

Others receiving votes: Virginia Commonwealth 38, Clemson 32, South Florida 25, Illinois-Chicago 21, North Carolina 18, Memphis 17, Michigan 17, Tulsa 16, Towson 15, Bradley 12, Stanford 12, GONZAGA 9, Seton Hall 9, George Washington 6, San Diego State 6, Furman 5, Northern Illinois 5, North Carolina-Greensboro 4, California State-Northridge 3, James Madison 2, Kentucky 2, North Carolina State 2, Monmouth 1.

Voting panel: Louis Bennett, Marquette; Mark Berson, South Carolina; Sasho Cirovski, Maryland; Ian Collins, Kentucky; Dan Donigan, Saint Louis; Jeremy Fishbein, New Mexico; Mike Freitag, Indiana; Mike Getman, Alabama at Birmingham; Kevin Grimes, California; Schellas Hyndman, Southern Methodist; Mike Jacobs, Evansville; Paul Krumpe, Loyola Marymount; Ken Lolla, Louisville; Ray Reid, Connecticut; John Rennie, Duke; Bob Warming, Creighton.

Voting method: On each ballot, 25 points awarded for first place, 24 for second place, 23 for third, etc., to 1 point for 25th place.