No. 20 Bulldogs Ranked In NCAA Poll For First Time Since 2007
Sept. 13, 2016
The Zags are off to a scorching start with a 5-0-1 record, including wins over then No. 16 Seattle University, 4-2 at home, and 3-1 over then No. 20 American in Washington, D.C. last week. The Bulldogs capped their East Coast trip with a 2-1 win over George Mason on Sunday, led in comeback fashion with goals from Christo Michaelson and Ben White.
Head coach Einar Thorarinsson's squad is led in goals by Jakob Granlund and Denis Kalamar at two, which ranks fourth in the West Coast Conference. Colton Cavey, Granlund, Ben White, and Austin Giftopoulos all have recorded two assists, good for second in the WCC. In goal, Ben Willis is third in the conference with 18 saves. Giftopoulos and Cavey have already been voted WCC Player of the Week this year.
The Zags lead the conference in points at 7.33 per game, goals at 2.50 per game, and assists at 2.33 per game. They are the only unbeaten team left in the WCC.
The Zags were last ranked in the NCAA Poll in September of 2007, at 25th in the Soccer America poll, which also marked the season of their last NCAA Tournament appearance.
Ranked right above the Zags at the No. 19 spot is Utah Valley, the Zags opponent this Thursday. The game is set for 4 pm PST in Orem, Utah.
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11/14/2017 - Paul Meehan Named Men’s Soccer Head Coach
11/14/2017 - Four Zags Tabbed To All-WCC Team
11/13/2017 - Men's Soccer's Thorarinsson Retires After 23 Years At The Helm