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@wvuwomenssoccer Reach Top-Ranked Status for 1st Time


Former Albert Gallatin standout Hannah Abraham and the WVU women’s team are now the top ranked team in NCAA Division I. (Photo Courtesy WVU Athletics)

From West Virginia University Athletic Department Report
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team is ranked No. 1 for the first time in the program’s 21-year history, as the Mountaineers sit at the top of today’s Women’s Top 25 Poll.
The position is the squad’s highest in any poll, besting the No. 2 ranking the Mountaineers (6-0-1) received in the and NSCAA Polls in 2015, as well as in last week’s Soccer America Top 25.
The women’s soccer team is the fourth program in WVU history to earn a No. 1 ranking, a feat previously achieved by the 18-time NCAA Champion rifle team, as well as the football and men’s basketball teams.
The Mountaineers are only the second soccer team in Big 12 Conference history to earn a No. 1 ranking. Texas previously was ranked No. 1 by Soccer America on Oct. 8, 2007.
WVU surged ahead three spots to the No. 1 position in today’s poll after earning a 3-1 win at then-No. 5 Duke on Sept. 9. The victory pushed the team’s 2016 record against top-10 squads to 2-0-1. The Mountaineers are 3-0-1 against ranked opponents this season.
Stanford (6-0-1) drops one spot to No. 2. Florida (5-1, 1-0 SEC) follows at No. 3, while Florida State (5-1) and Virginia (7-1) rank No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
BYU (5-1) sits at No. 6 and is followed by Ohio State (6-1) at No. 7 and Duke (5-2-1) at No. 8. North Carolina (5-1-1) and USC (5-2) round out the top 10.
WVU is the lone-ranked Big 12 Conference team in today’s poll.
Riding a six-match win streak, the Mountaineers return to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this weekend for their final home nonconference matches. WVU opens against Princeton (6-0) on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.
The Mountaineers will then play host to No. 24 Georgetown (6-1) on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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