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UConn Men’s Soccer rises in the polls; Women’s Soccer drops

The men were in the received votes category in the preseason poll, while the women were No. 10. Both have moved considerably after one week.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn Men’s Soccer won both of its games in the first week of the season, defeating Iona and Nebraska-Omaha. After being on the fringe of the top-25, Ray Reid’s squad is now firmly in the rankings.

The Huskies have jumped up to No. 14 in the coaches’ poll, the top-ranked team in the American Conference. They earned 280 points, 19 points behind 13th ranked Denver and 21 points ahead of preseason No. 1 Stanford.

UConn’s AAC brethren all fell in the polls. SMU started the year at No. 12 but checks in this week at No. 25 after a loss to Michigan State. South Florida has moved down on the list of teams also receiving votes after drawing its opening games, one to Michigan and one to American, who received five points in this week’s poll.

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Despite a 3-1 win over Harvard on Friday night, a tough loss to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon sent the UConn Women’s Soccer team down eight spots to No. 18. They were ranked No. 10 last week after beginning the season at No. 15.

Joining the UConn women in the top 25 from the AAC are the South Florida Bulls, who are at No. 20 after being ranked No. 23 in the previous week. The Bulls are 4-0-0 on the season.

Both the UConn soccer teams will be in action on Friday night at Morrone Stadium. The women will take on Pacific at 5:30 p.m. with the men following at 7:30 p.m. against former Big East rival Louisville.