KANSAS CITY, MO. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's soccer team has been climbing the national rankings in 2019, and with a perfect 4-0 start on the season, the Mountain Lions now rank No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches Top- 25 NCAA DII National Rankings, as announced by United soccer Coaches on Tuesday.
The number two ranking becomes the highest national ranking that the Mountain Lions have ever received in program history. After being ranked 11th in last week's United Soccer Coaches poll, UCCS made the nine-spot leap by notching two road wins in a tough California road trip over the weekend. UCCS started the weekend with a match against California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where the Mountain Lions defeated the Broncos 1-0 with a Kaitlin Hinkle goal in the second half. On Sunday, UCCS wrapped up the road trip with a 1-0 overtime win over California State University, San Bernardino as Kendall Stevenson netted the game winner.
In the Mountain Lions 4-0-0 start, they have outscored their opponent 8-1 and are currently tied fourth in the South-Central Region, and tied for first in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in scoring offense (2.00 goals per game). On the other side of the ball, the Mountain Lions have been equally as impressive as they have not allowed a goal in the first half this season. UCCS has recorded three straight shutouts and ranks first in the conference and fourth in the region in goals against average (0.330).
With non-conference play officially over, the Mountain Lions enter conference play as they open with a Steel and Silver Showdown against Colorado State University-Pueblo on the road at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, then head south to face New Mexico Highlands University for an 11 a.m. match on Sept. 22.
2019 Mountain Lion National Rankings
Preseason 8/06 #24
Poll 1 9/10 #11
Poll 2 9/17 #2