VCU jumps into national rankings after upsetting Charlotte 4-2
Virginia Commonwealth Athletics
Last Updated - October 9, 2012 9:37 GMT
RICHMOND, Va. – After suffering just one loss in its first 10 matches of the season, VCU received national recognition on Tuesday, entering the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 Poll. The Rams, who garnered a total of 106 points, are ranked No. 21.
Elon and UAB also entered the poll at No. 20 and No. 25, while Maryland remains No. 1.
The ranking marks the second time in as many seasons the Rams have appeared in the NSCAA poll. VCU spent two weeks in the poll last year, ranked as high as No. 16. The Rams are part of three Atlantic 10 teams in this week’s poll, joining No. 13 Xavier and No. 22 Charlotte. VCU defeated the then-13th-ranked 49ers 4-1 on Oct. 5.
The Black and Gold ranks 15th in the nation, scoring better than two goals per game. Junior Jason Johnson is tied for eighth in the country in goals scored (8), while classmate Andrew Wells is tied for 25th in save percentage (.825). Wells also boasts the nation’s 16th-best goals against average (0.65).