UNC-Pembroke vaults from unranked to No. 15 in second-week coaches' poll
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Coming off its fourth-consecutive win this season to remain undefeated, UNC-Pembroke powered its way into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national rankings at No. 15 on Tuesday for the first time in head coach Phil Hinson's era.
The Braves (4-0-0) garnered the national ranking after not receiving votes in last week's poll, but they used two strong victories against Wingate and Georgia Southwestern to power into the standings.
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No. 4 Flagler and No. 18 Young Harris represent the Peach Belt Conference in the national rankings.
Flagler holds the top spot in the regional rankings, while Young Harris is third. Lincoln Memorial, Limestone, Mars Hill, Tusculum, Lander, Wingate and Queens (N.C.) rounded out the region.
On Tuesday, the Braves used a strong offensive force to collect an additional two goals in the final half to record a 3-1 victory against the Bulldogs. UNCP started the game with an aggressive push and capitalized on a header inside the box by sophomore Matt MacDougall at the 18:08 mark. After the half, Sam Miles and Rico Laitinen found opportunities to tally one goal apiece.
James Casserly notched two goals and one assist in the 6-0 shutout victory against the Canes in the conference opener on Friday. Miles added two goals, while Brett Luccia and Martin Tomter each added a goal.