A Perfect Start For Men's Soccer Reflected In National Rankings

Defending BIG EAST division champion Marquette has not lost a match, including preseason, since the 2011 conference quarterfinal.
MILWAUKEE -- With a perfect 4-0-0 record to begin the 2012 season, the Marquette University men's soccer team has garnered the attention of college soccer media outlets across the country, appearing in all five of the major NCAA Division I men's soccer rankings/polls this week.

The Golden Eagles are ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation (TopDrawerSoccer.com), while also garnering top-20 recognition by Soccer America (No. 19) and in the NSCAA/Continental Tires poll (No. 20). Soccer Times has MU ranked tied for the No. 25 spot and the squad checks-in at No. 29 in the College Soccer News rankings.

MU is one of just five teams in NCAA Division I to start the season 4-0-0 (N.C. State, Georgetown, UC Riverside, Western Michigan).

In a related note, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Lyon -- the reigning BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week -- was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week, which was announced Wednesday. Lyon recorded his second- and third-consecutive shutouts this past weekend as MU blanked UIC 1-0 followed by a 2-0 victory at Drake.

Marquette will look to move to 5-0-0 and match its best start in the 48-year history of the program Saturday night when the Golden Eagles host Western Illinois (7:05 p.m. CT) at Valley Fields.

Week 2 National Polls/Rankings Breakdown

No. 18TopDrawerSoccer.com
No. 19Soccer America
No. 20NSCAA/Continental Tires
No. 25 (t)Soccer Times
No. 29College Soccer News




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