UFV women’s soccer cracks national rankings

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The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team has made its season debut in the CIS national rankings, checking in at No.


10 in the latest edition of the poll released Tuesday.

The Cascades had been an honourable mention in previous weeks, but until Tuesday, hadn’t garnered enough votes to crack the top 10.

Head coach Rob Giesbrecht’s side is coming off a pair of draws against high-calibre foes on the weekend – 0-0 on the road vs. UBC on Friday, and 1-1 vs. the UVic Vikes at home on Saturday. That leaves them with a 7-1-2 record on the season, tied for second in the Pacific Division of Canada West with UVic. They haven’t lost a game since their regular season opener, Sept. 5 at Trinity Western.

“We’re honoured,” Giesbrecht said. “To be recognized for the success we’ve had and the progress we’ve made is rewarding. But it’s not a means to an end for us – it’s not going to get us anywhere. To progress in the post-season, we’ve got to earn that.”

The Pacific Division now has three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally – No. 1 Trinity Western, No. 6 UVic and No. 10 UFV.

The Cascades wrap up the regular season this week with games at TWU on Friday and at Victoria on Saturday.

The complete CIS women’s soccer top 10 ranking is as follows.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

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

  1. Trinity Western (9-0-1) / 49 points / (1)
  2. Ottawa (12-1-0) / 43 / (2)
  3. Laval (9-1-0) / 39 / (3)
  4. UOIT (11-0-2) / 33 / (6)
  5. York (11-1-2) / 31 / (5)
  6. Victoria (7-1-2) / 25 / (4)
  7. Wilfrid Laurier (10-1-3) / 23 / (7)
  8. Western (11-2-1) / 17 / (8)
  9. Montreal (6-1-3) / 8 / (9)
  10. Fraser Valley (7-1-2) / 3 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UNB (2), Acadia (1), Calgary (1).

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