Rayfield's squad earned a top-25 ranking for the eighth consecutive season on Monday.
Sept. 14, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois women's soccer team's 5-1-0 start to the 2010 season earned recognition in a top-25 poll for the first time in 2010. The Illini earned the 21st spot in Soccer America's weekly ranking, released on Monday. After spending the initial four weeks of the season outside the polls, consecutive shutouts of Yale, 1-0, and Cincinnati, 3-0, pushed the Illinois into the rankings.
In Soccer America's poll, the Illini sit ahead of California, Minnesota, Texas and USC, with all but Minnesota entering the poll on Sept. 13 after being unranked previously. Georgetown, the #25 team a week before, currently occupies the 20th spot.
With the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) weekly ranking, released on Tuesday, Illinois moved into a tie with Minnesota for the 26th spot. The Illini and Gophers each received 62 votes while USC, the #25 team, earned 64 votes. The NSCAA also recognized two more Big Ten programs in Ohio State and Michigan State while non-conference opponent Louisville earned the 23rd spot.
The Orange and Blue will look to continue their climb in the rankings as they conclude non-conference play against LSU on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. followed by #23/#16 Louisville at 1 p.m. on Sept. 19.