CIS Top Ten for Men’s, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Rugby

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Vikes Hold Down #1 Spot in Men’s Soccer

OTTAWA (CIS) – The Montreal Carabins are the new team to beat in CIS women’s soccer, moving up one position to No. 1 in the second national coaches’ poll of the campaign. Meanwhile, Victoria and St. Francis Xavier hold on to their No. 1 rankings in men’s soccer and women’s rugby, respectively.

In women’s soccer, Montreal (2-0-0) opened conference play this past weekend with convincing wins over Concordia, 5-0, and Bishop’s, 5-1. The Carabins, RSEQ champions and CIS silver medallists a year ago, hope to resume their early season domination later this week when they host UQAM (0-2-0) on Friday before visiting Sherbrooke (2-0-0) on Sunday.

Reigning two-time national champion Queen’s topped the inaugural women’s soccer poll of 2012 last Tuesday but the Gaels settled for a four-point tally out of a possible nine over the past week, including a 3-0 loss at home to Ottawa, a 4-0 win at Ryerson and a 0-0 draw at Toronto. Queen’s (2-1-1) drops to No. 4 in the new rankings behind Montreal, No. 2 Ottawa (4-0-1) and No. 3 Trinity Western (2-0-0).

In men’s soccer, defending CIS champ Victoria (2-0-0) cruised through its opening weekend of Canada West action, sweeping a two-game series at home against CIS newcomer UNBC, 3-1 and 8-0. The Vikes should be tested this week when they visit Trinity (1-0-1) on Friday and No. 6 UBC (2-0-0) on Saturday.

No. 2 Cape Breton (2-0-0), No. 3 Alberta (2-0-0) and No. 4 McMaster (3-0-0) are all on the rise in the new coaches’ poll, while Saint Mary’s (1-0-0) drops three positions to No. 5.

In women’s rugby, top-ranked StFX (1-0) crushed Saint Mary’s 101-0 in its AUS opener, Sunday in Halifax. The X-Women, CIS finalists in 2011, are off this weekend and will return to the field on Sept. 19 for a home tilt against St. Thomas (0-1).

Rounding out the Top 5 for the second straight week are reigning national champion Guelph (2-0), Lethbridge (0-0), Laval (2-0) and Queen’s (2-0).

WOMEN’S RUGBY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. StFX (1-0) / 146 points (10) / (1)

2. Guelph (2-0) / 130 (4) / (2)

3. Lethbridge (0-0) / 106 / (3)

4. Laval (2-0) / 95 / (4)

5. Queen’s (2-0) / 90 / (5)

6. Concordia (1-0) / 62 / (7)

7. McGill (1-0) / 44 / (9)

8. Alberta (0-0) / 35 / (8)

9. McMaster (1-1) / 25 / (6)

10. Calgary (0-0) / 15 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Waterloo (13), Western (11), UPEI (1), Ottawa (1).

WOMEN’S SOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previous rankings)

1. Montreal (2-0-0) / 48 points / (2)

2. Ottawa (4-0-1) / 45 / (3)

3. Trinity Western (2-0-0) / 35 / (4)

4. Queen’s (2-1-1) / 33 / (1)

5. McGill (2-0-0) / 28 / (6)

6. Wilfrid Laurier (3-0-1) / 20 / (7)

7. Alberta (1-0-1) / 18 / (5)

8. UBC (2-0-0) / 18 / (8)

9. Manitoba (2-0-0) / 8 / (NR)

10. Dalhousie (1-0-1) / 6 / (T9)

Note: Alberta edges UBC for the No. 7 position and Dalhousie edges Cape Breton for the No. 10 position thanks to a higher ranking the previous week.

Other teams receiving votes: Cape Breton (6), Laurentian (4), Sherbrooke (2), Victoria (2), UPEI (1), York (1).

MEN’S SOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previous rankings)

1. Victoria (2-0-0) / 50 points / (1)

2. Cape Breton (2-0-0) / 40 / (3)

3. Alberta (2-0-0) / 35 / (4)

4. McMaster (3-0-0) / 31 / (6)

5. Saint Mary’s (1-0-0) / 25 / (2)

6. UBC (2-0-0) / 22 / (T10)

7. York (3-0-0) / 20 / (9)

8. Carleton (4-0-0) / 19 / (T10)

9. Montreal (1-0-0) / 16 / (7)

10. Sherbrooke (1-0-1) / 6 / (NR)

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