Rutgers-Camden ranked #2/3 in two major polls
CAMDEN, N.J. (Oct. 8, 2013) – For the first time all season long, the Rutgers University-Camden men’s soccer team didn’t win a game last week, but the Scarlet Raptors’ one tie didn’t matter much in the national polls.
In the latest national rankings, released today, Rutgers-Camden remained at No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and dropped only one place to No. 3 in the D3soccer.com Top 25. The No. 2 ranking by the NSCAA remains the Raptors’ highest Division III ranking ever. Rutgers-Camden first reached that mark on Oct. 1 when the Scarlet Raptors were No. 2 in both polls.
In the Scarlet Raptors’ lone game last week, Rutgers-Camden played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at The College of New Jersey on Oct. 2. The Raptors rallied from an early 1-0 deficit in that game, tying the score on a second-half goal by senior midfielder Stevan Austino (Buena, NJ/Buena Regional). Senior goalie Mike Randall (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) allowed only one goal on a penalty kick, while tying his season high with nine saves. That performance earned Randall honors as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second time he has won the award this season.
In addition to the two major polls, the Scarlet Raptors continued to rank among the nation’s top-ranked teams in the Massey Ratings and the BennettRank College Soccer rankings, placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
With an 11-0-1 record, the Scarlet Raptors have already set program marks for the longest winning streak (11) and the best perfect start to the season (11-0). They also are riding a program-record 24-game unbeaten streak dating back to last season (20-0-4), a mark that is tied for the 18th-longest undefeated string in NCAA Division III history.
Rutgers-Camden has now appeared in one or both of the NSCAA and D3soccer.com rankings for 29 consecutive weeks, either in the top 25 or in the “also receiving votes” section, dating back to Sept. 13, 2011. For the past 27 weeks, the Scarlet Raptors have been in the Top 25 in at least one of the polls.
Rutgers-Camden faces a major test Wednesday night when the Scarlet Raptors host NJAC-leading Richard Stockton College at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Raptors own a 3-0-1 mark in the conference, while the Ospreys are 5-0. The Scarlet Raptors bring a 13-game home winning streak into the contest, dating back to last September.