Men’s Soccer Continues Climb Up National Rankings; Ducks Crack Top 5

10/1/2010

HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 29, 2010) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s soccer team is ranked fifth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll, their highest ranking of the 2010 season. Stevens is also the top-ranked team in terms of defense, having not allowed a goal against all season. The Ducks are 6-0-1 overall, 1-0 in the Empire 8, and will head to upstate New York for a pair of conference matches this weekend against Rochester Institute of Technology and Nazareth College.

Stevens, up a spot from a week ago, is one of only two teams in the nation yet to allow a goal against (Middlebury College). Senior goalkeeper Zach Carr (Carmel, Ind.) leads the nation in save percentage (100) and goals against average (0.0) and shares that distinction with senior Tim Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.) of Middlebury College.

The Ducks’ won-lost percentage is 11th in the nation and their shutout percentage of 1.00 is first. Senior midfielder Nolan Sandberg (Grayslake, Ill.) is the only other player to crack the top-100 in individual rankings other than Carr, coming in at 92nd in points per game (1.67) and 98th in goals per game (0.67).

Christopher Newport University is ranked No. 1 for the first time as previous No. 1 Calvin College lost last week. This is the highest ranking for Stevens since being No. 2 in September of 2009 after reaching the 2008 National Championship game.

In addition to the NSCAA poll, Stevens is the seventh-ranked team in the nation according to D3Soccer.com.

The Ducks will take on RIT on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Nazareth on Sunday at 12 p.m. Stevens defeated RIT 4-0 at the De Baun Athletic Complex in 2009 and went 1-0-1 versus the Golden Flyers. The two teams tied their first meeting in Hoboken but the Ducks defeated Naz for the ’09 Empire 8 title on November 8, 2009. Ironically, that was the last game Stevens allowed a goal, winning 2-1.

For those unable to make the trip, a live webcast will be available for both games at www.PennAtlantic.com.

Listen to the members of the Stevens defense talk to Rob Kulish by following this URL; http://www.youtube.com/user/StevensAthletics#p/a/u/0/BflOihgAqoI

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