Alberta moves up to No. 1 in men’s soccer

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Sept. 18, 2012, OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s soccer rankings for the first time in over five years.

The Bears, ranked third in the country last week, easily improved to 3-0 in league play on Saturday with a 4-0 shutout against CIS newcomer UNBC in their lone outing of the past weekend. Alberta, which has outscored its opponents 15-0 so far in the young season, had last reached No. 1 status in the first poll of the 2007 campaign (Sept. 6).

It was a tough week for the Victoria Vikes (2-2-0) and Cape Breton Capers (2-1-0), who occupied positions No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in last Tuesday’s coaches’ poll. The reigning CIS champion Vikes were booted out of the Top 10 following back-to-back losses to Trinity Western, 3-0, and UBC, 1-0. The Capers drop all the way to No. 9 after a 3-2 loss to Dalhousie on home turf.

Other changes in the new men’s soccer poll includes York (6-0-0) moving up five spot to No. 2, and UBC (4-0-0) climbing up from No. 6 to complete the leading trio.

In women’s soccer, the Montreal Carabins (4-0-0) hold on to the pole position following another dominating weekend that saw them blank UQAM 6-0 and Sherbrooke 2-0. The 2011 CIS finalists, who have outscored their rivals 18-1 in the first two weeks of the RSEQ schedule, take the field three times over the next six days, starting with a stiff test against No. 5 McGill (3-0-0) on Wednesday night.

In women’s rugby, the top-ranked St. Francis Xavier X-Women (1-0) enjoyed a break in their AUS schedule last weekend. Last year’s CIS silver medallists are back in action this week as they host CIS newcomer St. Thomas (0-2) on Wednesday and UPEI (1-1) on Friday.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

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

1. StFX (1-0) / 173 points (11) / (1)

2. Guelph (3-0) / 161 (6) / (2)

3. Lethbridge (0-0) / 133 / (3)

4. Laval (3-0) / 109 / (4)

5. Queen’s (3-0) / 106 / (5)

6. Concordia (3-0) / 78 / (6)

7. McGill (2-1) / 50 / (7)

8. Alberta (0-0) / 39 / (8)

9. McMaster (2-1) / 31 / (9)

10. Calgary (0-0) / 23 / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: Western (12), Acadia (12), Waterloo (8), Ottawa (8), UBC (1).

WOMEN’S SOCCER

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

1. Montreal (4-0-0) / 50 points / (1)

2. Ottawa (6-0-1) / 42 / (2)

3. Trinity Western (3-0-0) / 39 / (3)

4. Wilfrid Laurier (5-0-1) / 34 / (6)

5. McGill (3-0-0) / 31 / (5)

6. Queen’s (3-1-2) / 19 / (4)

7. Alberta (2-0-2) / 18 / (7)

8. Regina (3-0-0) / 13 / (NR)

9. Cape Breton (3-0-0) / 11 / (NR)

10. UPEI (3-0-1) / 8 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UBC (4), Victoria (3), York (2), Laurentian (1).

MEN’S SOCCER

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

1. Alberta (3-0-0) / 55 points / (3)

2. York (6-0-0) / 53 / (7)

3. UBC (4-0-0) / 51 / (6)

4. Saint Mary’s (3-0-0) / 44 / (5)

5. McMaster (5-1-0) / 25 / (4)

6. Sherbrooke (2-0-1) / 24 / (10)

7. Queen’s (4-0-1) / 23 / (NR)

8. Trinity Western (3-0-1) / 17 / (NR)

9. Cape Breton (2-1-0) / 12 / (2)

10. Acadia (3-0-1) / 11 / (NR)

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