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The Stags moved into the top 10 in the latest poll (photo by Tessa Guerra)
The Stags moved into the top 10 in the latest poll (photo by Tessa Guerra)

Stags Move Into Top 10 in Latest United Soccer Coaches Poll

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's soccer team moved into the top 10 for the first time this season when it earned the No. 10 spot in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III poll, which was released today.

CMS began the year ranked No. 14 in the preseason poll, but fell out of the rankings entirely after a 0-0 tie with UC Santa Cruz on opening day. The Stags quickly restored their national ranking with a 4-1 win over Oglethorpe and a 1-0 win over Cal Lutheran in the second week, and have steadily climbed over the course of its current 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1), going back to No. 14 two weeks ago, then moving up to No. 11 last week and up one spot into the top 10 this week.

CMS is now 9-1-2 on the season, with the only loss coming in overtime to Westmont of the NAIA, which does not factor into the rankings or the NCAA selection process. The Stags did see their eight-game win streak snapped last week with a 1-1 tie at Pomona-Pitzer, but came back to take a big road decision with a 3-1 win at Cal Lutheran on Saturday, solidifying their hold on the top of the SCIAC standings. 

Trinity (Texas) remains the region's top-ranked team and holds down the No. 2 spot in the latest poll, with Washington & Lee at No. 1. Tufts, Ohio Wesleyan and and Johns Hopkins are ranked 3-5, while Messiah, NYU, Montclair State, and WashU are in the 6-9 spots. 

CMS will return to action on Saturday with another big road game, as it heads to Whittier to conclude a three-game road swing against other teams in the top half of the SCIAC standings. The Stags will next be at home on Wednesday, Oct. 20 to face Pomona-Pitzer in a game that won't count in the SCIAC standings, but which will be key to maintain their status in the regional and national rankings. 

To view the complete United Soccer Coaches Division III poll, head to the following link:

United Soccer Coaches Division III poll (10/12/21)