Oct. 6, 2009

Courtesy of West Florida Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — For the first time in West Florida soccer history the UWF women’s soccer team will earn the nation’s No. 1 ranking as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Tuesday afternoon. After spending more than a year fixed at No. 2, the Argos jumped defending National Champion Seattle Pacific University as SPU dropped a 3-2 contest to Western Washington over the weekend.

In 23 years of soccer at West Florida, this special 2009 squad earns the program’s first ever No.1 ranking. Last week the Argos extended their winning streak to 11 games, recording two shutouts in the opening weekend of Gulf South Conference action to remain a perfect 11-0 on the season.

“This is a great opportunity for our team. We have some incredible talent here and their hard work has proved itself on the field,” stated Head Coach Joe Bartlinski. “We’re excited about being considered the number one team but that is not what we’re focused on. It’s more important to be number one around Christmas than at Halloween.”

In the GSC opener on Friday night the Argos came out firing on all cylinders, scoring a season high 10 goals in a 10-0 shutout over Ouachita Baptist. The Argos did not allow the Tigers to get a single shot off in the entire match, dominating the shot count 31-0.

Closing out the week against Harding, the Argos handed the Bison a 3-0 loss on a soggy, rain shortened match on Sunday. The torrential rain and sloppy conditions slowed the West Florida offense but could not stop it as the Lady Argos extended their regular season conference winning streak to 37 games, dating back to 2003.

In the coming week the Lady Argos will square off with GSC rival Christian Brothers University on Saturday, October 10th.  Kickoff is slated for 12:30pm CT on the road in Memphis, Tenn.

For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.