CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#4): Ottawa moves up to No. 1 in women’s soccer

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Photo credit Richard Whittaker

OTTAWA (CIS) – For the first time in five years, theUniversity of Ottawa Gee-Gees are the top team in CIS women’ssoccer.

In other CIS sports, the Guelph Gryphons open the cross-countryrunning season atop the women’s and men’s nationalrankings, while the St. Francis Xavier X-Women and Alberta GoldenBears hold on to the pole position in women’s rugby andmen’s soccer, respectively.

In women’s soccer, the Gee-Gees move up one position toNo. 1 in the fourth coaches’ poll of the young campaign,marking the first time they reach the coveted status since Octoberof 2007 (Oct. 16 poll). Ottawa is already the third team to reachthe top of the women’s soccer rankings this fall, followingreigning CIS champion Queen’s (one week) and Montreal (twoweeks).

The Gee-Gees, CIS bronze medallists a year ago, dominated Trent6-0 in their lone outing of the past week to improve to 7-0-1 inconference play. They will be much busier this week as they are setto face RMC (3-5-0) on Wednesday, Toronto (5-1-2) on Saturday andRyerson (1-6-1) on Sunday.

Rounding out the top five this week are No. 2 Trinity Western(5-0-0), up one position; No. 3 McGill (5-0-0), up two; No. 4Montreal (6-1-0), down three; and No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier (6-0-2),down one. McGill edged Montreal 2-1 last Thursday, handing theCarabins their first loss of the season and causing them to losethe No. 1 ranking.

In cross country, Guelph scored 100 points in the initialwomen’s Top 10 to open in front of No. 2 Windsor (83.3) andNo. 3 Laval (68.3), while the Gryphon men tallied 96.7 points todistance McMaster (90.6) and Victoria (70.6).

Guelph has dominated CIS cross country in recent years,capturing the last seven national team banners in women’scompetition and six straight men’s championships.

In women’s rugby, top-ranked StFX easily improved to 3-0in league play with crushing victories over St. Thomas, 73-3, andUPEI, 98-0. The X-Women, who have outscored their opponents 272-3in their first three AUS contests, host Saint Mary’s (2-2)Saturday and visit UPEI (1-3) Sunday.

In men’s soccer, No. 1 Alberta (5-0-0) also cruisedthrough the past weekend with a pair of road wins against CanadaWest newcomer Winnipeg, 3-0 and 5-0. The Golden Bears hit the roadagain this week, this time heading west to face defending CISchampion Victoria (2-3-1) on Friday and Fraser Valley (1-2-1) onSaturday.

WOMEN’SCROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 96.7 points / (-)
2. McMaster 90.6 / (-)
3. Victoria 70.6 / (-)
4. Western 65.6 / (-)
5. McGill 57.2 / (-)
6. Toronto 36.7 / (-)
7. StFX 26.1 / (-)
8. Queen’s 23.9 / (-)
9. Saskatchewan 22.8 / (-)
10. Calgary 19.4 / (-)

MEN’SCROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 100.0 points / (-)
2. Windsor 83.3 / (-)
3. Laval 68.3 / (-)
4. Victoria 67.8 / (-)
5. Queen’s 51.1 / (-)
6. Regina 41.7 / (-)
7. McMaster 38.9 / (-)
8. StFX 25.6 / (-)
9. Western 23.9 / (-)
10. Toronto 20.0 / (-)

WOMEN’SRUGBY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) /(previous rankings)
1. StFX (3-0) / 139 points (8) / (1)
2. Guelph (4-0) / 128 (5) / (2)
3. Lethbridge (2-0) / 105 / (3)
4. Queen’s (4-0) / 95 (1) / (5)
5. Laval (4-0) / 91 / (4)
6. Concordia (4-0) / 69 / (6)
7. Calgary (2-0) / 39 / (10)
8. McGill (3-1) / 35 / (7)
9. Alberta (0-0) / 28 / (8)
10. Western (3-1) / 23 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (13), Acadia (9), Waterloo(8), Ottawa (1).

WOMEN’SSOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previousrankings)
1. Ottawa (7-0-1) / 47 points / (2)
2. Trinity Western (5-0-0) / 46 / (3)
3. McGill (5-0-0) / 38 / (5)
4. Montreal (6-1-0) / 32 / (1) *
5. Wilfrid Laurier (6-0-2) / 32 / (4)
6. Queen’s (5-1-2) / 20 / (6)
7. Alberta (3-0-2) / 14 / (7)
8. Victoria (4-0-1) / 13 / (NR)
9. Regina (4-0-0) / 12 / (8) *
10. Cape Breton (5-0-0) / 12 / (9)

* Montreal edges Laurier for No. 4, and Regina edges CapeBreton for No. 9 thanks to a higher ranking the previousweek.

Other teams receiving votes: UBC (6), UPEI (1), Sherbrooke (1),York (1).

MEN’SSOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previousrankings)
1. Alberta (5-0-0) / 58 points / (1)
2. York (7-0-1) / 55 / (2)
3. UBC (4-0-0) / 43 / (3)
4. Saint Mary’s (4-0-1) / 40 / (4)
5. Queen’s (6-0-1) / 35 / (7)
6. McMaster (7-1-0) / 31 / (5)
7. Trinity Western (5-0-1) / 26 / (8)
8. Sherbrooke (3-1-1) / 18 / (6)
9. Saskatchewan (4-0-1) / 10 / (NR)
10. Carleton (6-1-0) / 8 / (NR)

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