Gannon Women's Soccer Team Ascends to No. 1 Spot in NCAA Division II
Gannon sits atop the NCAA Division II landscape for the first time in program history. The Lady Knights improved three spots and assumed the No. 1 position in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 Poll. The squad also remained No. 1 in the NSCAA Atlantic regional rankings for the fourth consecutive week.
The No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division II is the first in the program's 29-year history. It's the first No. 1 ranking by a Gannon program since the women's basketball team reached the top of consecutive USA Today Sports Top 25 Polls on February 23 and March 9, 2010.
Gannon secured the top spot in NCAA Division II with a 10-0 record. North Georgia (7-0-1), Western Washington (8-1), Grand Valley State (10-1) and Angelo State (Texas) (9-1) completed the top five.
Minnesota State-Mankato (9-1), Bridgeport (Conn.) (8-1), Barry (Fla.) (7-2), Central Missouri (9-1) and St. Rose (N.Y.) (7-1-2) rounded out the top 10.
Three NCAA Division II Atlantic Region programs are ranked among the top 25. The region's nationally-ranked teams include Gannon (1st), West Virginia Wesleyan (13th) and Edinboro (25th).
Gannon (10-0) holds down the top spot in the NSCAA Atlantic regional rankings for the fourth consecutive week. West Virginia Wesleyan (8-0-1), Edinboro (7-3), West Chester (7-3) and Charleston (W.Va.) (6-1-3) are listed regionally two through five.
East Stroudsburg (6-3), Slippery Rock (6-4), Kutztown (5-3-1), Bloomsburg (5-4-1) and Notre Dame (Ohio) (6-3-1) finalize the region's top 10.
Head coach Colin Petersen's squad holds its first No. 1 ranking in the program's 29-year history after winning its first 10 matches for the first time ever. The Lady Knights have already surpassed last season's victory total in only 10 matches. Gannon has allowed one goal or less during every match and netted multiple goals in a match eight times.