Men's Soccer Jumps to No. 8 in National Poll

Reiss Berger
Reiss Berger

United Soccer Coaches Poll Poll

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College men's soccer team made an immediate rise up the national rankings after starting the 2017 season with three wins and a draw in its first action of the year. With that 3-0-1 record, the Fords are up 10 spots to No. 8 in the first United Soccer Coaches Poll of the regular season. Haverford is also ranked 10th in the first release of the national poll.

The Fords' biggest win in their first two weeks of game action came during a 2-1 neutral site victory over then-No. 11 Messiah. That victory marked Haverford's first-ever win in program history against the storied program. Haverford also had a 3-0 win at Cabrini to start the season and a 1-0 win against Elizabethtown. The Blue Jays came into that contest receiving votes in the national poll. The team's most recent result was a 1-1 draw against Catholic during the home opener.

The No. 8 national ranking ties the team for the second highest spot in the polls under seventh-year head coach Shane Rineer. The Fords were ranked eighth during one week of the 2016 season and eventually climbed all the way to No. 5 in the then-NSCAA Poll.

Haverford is currently the second ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region behind No. 6 Lycoming after the Warriors rose from unranked following a 5-0 start to their season. Messiah fell to No. 3 in the region and No. 16 in the nation with their only loss coming to the Fords. Franklin & Marshall checks in fourth in the region and holds the No. 22 ranking in the country.

Men's soccer will play a pair of regionally-ranked teams during the upcoming week. On Wednesday, Stevens comes to Haverford for a 5 p.m. start. The Ducks (3-2) are ranked ninth in the East Region. Centennial Conference play opens in earnest on Saturday when the Fords travel to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays (3-0) are ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week.