Sept. 17, 2007
(San Francisco) - After posting a 2-0 week with a 2-1 upset home win against No. 11 Cal and a 2-1 double overtime road victory at Stanford, USF men's soccer enters the Soccer America Top-25 Poll at No. 12. The Dons (4-1-0) have won four straight matches and have scored at least two goals per match during the streak.
San Francisco did not crack the 2007 preseason top-30 in any of the major polls. The Dons earned a top ranking of No. 8 - its highest appearance since the 1994 campaign - after winning the Penn State Classic last season with wins against the Nittany Lions and a deadlock against Ohio State.
"This is a young team and from day one we are focused on improving on a daily basis. That's how we measure our progress," USF head coach Erik Visser said. "It is very satisfying to see we are drawing national attention however, it is very early in the season. We have two elite opponents in UCLA and New Mexico coming in this week and this will be a great measuring stick for us."
USF remained in the "receiving votes" category in the current College Soccer News Poll. The NSCAA releases its poll on Tuesday.
San Francisco enters the final non-conference week on the schedule with a pair of outstanding home matches, beginning Thursday, September 20 when the Dons welcome No. 5 UCLA to Negoesco Stadium. USF then hosts New Mexico Saturday night in a rematch of last season's 2006 NCAA Tournament First Round contest, won 1-0 by the Lobos in the closing seconds.
Both matches start at 7:00 PM at Negoesco Stadium. For tickets, call (415) 422-2873.