Notre Dame de Namur cracks Top 25 with program's highest ranking
Notre Dame de Namur used a pair of impressive wins last week to move into the nation’s Top 25 rankings in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Poll. The Argos made the biggest jump in the poll, jumping from unranked to No. 14 after wins against then-No. 8 Grand Canyon and Point Loma Nazarene.
The ranking is the highest in school history and is the first time the Argos have been ranked since sitting at No. 19 last Sept. It also marks the third time in school history NDNU has appeared in the polls, with the first coming in Nov. 2008.
This year, the Argos rebounded from an opening game loss to No. 3 Seattle Pacific to reel off six consecutive victories including a huge win against PacWest rival Grand Canyon. Following the SPU loss to open the season, NDNU earned big non-conference wins against Western Washington and San Francisco State.
After a win against Westmont in their final non-conference match, the Argos opened PacWest play strong with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Dixie State. Two days later NDNU defeated eighth-ranked GCU 3-1 before shutting out Point Loma Nazarene 1-0 on the road.
“We have been working really hard.” head coach BJ Noble said. “We are very excited to be in the poll but we also know there is a lot of soccer left to be played.”
The Argos also currently rank second in the West Region, behind Seattle Pacific and ahead of Grand Canyon, Simon Fraser, Chico State and Cal State L.A.
Junior forward Jonathan Gonzalez leads the Argonauts offensively with five goals and an assist while fellow junior Jesus Gonzalez has added three goals and four assists. Junior forward Armando Garcia leads the team with five assists and has added pair of goals. Goalkeeper Jay Tsuruoka has started all seven games in net for the Argos and recorded a pair of shutouts.