EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE moved into the men's college soccer elite with a top 25 ranking in three national polls Tuesday.
SIUE, 5-1, was listed No. 22 in the NSCAA national poll and holds the same ranking in the College Soccer News national poll. Soccer America listed the Cougars at No. 25.
Head Coach Kevin Kalish and the Cougars will be tested right away as the team travels Friday to No. 16 Indiana at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Hoosiers enter the game with a 4-1-1 record.
SIUE is ranked in several statistical categories. With four shutouts, including two last week over DePaul and UMKC, the Cougars are 13th in the nation in shutout percentage. The Cougars also are among the top 20 teams in the country in assists with 11. SIUE has outscored its opponents 10-3 through six contests.
The Missouri Valley Conference boasts two teams in the top 25 with Creighton landing at No. 2 with a 4-0-1 record. SIUE will play Creighton Oct. 6 in Omaha, Neb.
The Cougars also are ranked No. 38 in the nation in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll which seeks to project the NCAA Tournament field, including every conference berth.