FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Following a strong 4-0 start to their season capped by an upset win over No. 2 Duke on Aug. 26, the Razorbacks are starting to gain national acclaim.
Arkansas earned a No. 17 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released Tuesday afternoon. Despite being one of four teams representing the Southeastern Conference in the top 25, Arkansas is the only undefeated and untied school in the rankings.
No. 5 Florida is 3-1-0, No. 14 Texas A&M is 2-2-0 and No. 21 Auburn is 3-1-0.
The last time Arkansas was nationally ranked came in Sept. 2014 when the Razorbacks were considered the No. 18 team in the country by the NSCAA.
In a separate poll, Soccer America ranked Arkansas ninth in the country and one of three previously unranked teams to join the top 25 through games played on Aug. 28.
“Being ranked is a great honor and something this group has earned based on their results,” head coach Colby Hale said. “As most every coach will tell you, what people think of us four weeks in isn’t that important to us. We like our group and we are preparing for a very good UNI team on Thursday.”
Arkansas is also ranked in the top 40 in several offensive categories by the NCAA four games into the season. The Razorbacks are first in won/lost/tied percentage, 21st in total goals and 25th in total points, 27th in total assists, 36th in scoring offense, 36th in assists per game and 37th in points per game.
The Razorbacks will attempt to build upon their forward momentum this Thursday when the team hosts Northern Iowa at Razorback Field at 6 p.m. Following the match, Arkansas will travel to Washington D.C. to play George Washington on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
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