Women’s Soccer No. 16 in NSCAA Poll


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
October 29, 2013 04:28 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – After closing out its regular season and clinching its second-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title, the West Virginia University women's soccer team is ranked No. 16 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Poll.
 
The Mountaineers (13-3-2, 7-1 Big 12) topped last week's polls at No. 6 in Soccer America for the second-straight week. After going 1-1 this weekend, WVU fell to No. 17 in the rankings.
 
Virginia (18-0-0), UCLA (14-1-2), Florida State (14-1-3) and North Carolina (15-3-0) held their spots at No. 1-4, respectively. Virginia Tech (14-2-2) jumped into the No. 5 position after losses by both Portland (13-2-1) and WVU.
 
In the NSCAA Top 25, the Mountaineers fell to No. 16 from their spot at No. 9. The NSCAA top five mirror that of Soccer America.
 
WVU dropped four positions from No. 17 to No. 21 in the NCAA RPI standings. The Mountaineers remain the highest Big 12 program in the standings, coming in ahead of Texas Tech at No. 34.
 
The Mountaineers claimed their fourth-consecutive conference title on Oct. 25, defeating Oklahoma 2-1 in two overtimes. Junior forward Kate Schwindel scored the golden goal in the 101st minute. Senior forward Frances Silva broke the single-season program record by recording her 13th assist of the season.
 
WVU lost its season finale falling 2-0 at then-No. 7 Texas Tech. The Mountaineers have earned the top seed in the Big 12 Championship and await the conclusion of conference play to determine their first-round opponent.
 
The Big 12 Conference’s regular-season schedule concludes Friday, Nov. 1, with four conference matches. The Big 12 Soccer Championship bracket will be released late that night. WVU will play the No. 8-seeded team on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at Swope Soccer Village, in Kansas City.



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