Sept. 21, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Undefeated through the first three weeks of the season, St. Bonaventure's men's soccer team is tied for 25th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Top 25 poll released Tuesday.
This is the second national ranking in the program's history. St. Bonaventure was slotted 12th in the second NSCAA poll of the 2002 season.
St. Bonaventure is 4-0-1 heading into this weekend's Diadora Classic at Oregon State. The Bonnies' tie came against 20th-ranked Binghamton. They own wins over Syracuse, Loyola, Bowling Green and Niagara.
"It is exciting for the program and certainly for the guys," said St. Bonaventure head coach Bill Brady. "But, it will be a challenge to maintain. It makes every game a bigger event. We certainly want to go to Oregon State and show well. If we can keep playing a solid style, we can be successful."
The Bonnies are tied with Tulsa (3-1-1) and Florida International (2-2) for the 25th and final spot in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll. The Bonnies' Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island (5-2) is one spot higher at 24th. Maryland (5-0-1) is ranked No. 1 followed by UC-Santa Barbara (6-0), Michigan, UNC-Greensboro, St. John's, Old Dominion, New Mexico, Penn State, Creighton and Indiana. Santa Clara is 11th followed by Boston College, Duke, Coastal Carolina, SMU, California, South Florida, Notre Dame, Virginia, Binghamton, Villanova, Stanford and Wake Forest. For more on the top 25 poll, visit www.nscaa.com.
St. Bonaventure will put its ranking on the line this Friday when it plays on the home field of the Oregon State Beavers, who are 3-4-1. Oregon State has already played three nationally-ranked teams - Indiana, Rhode Island and Notre Dame.
St. Bonaventure's 4-0-1 start is in stark contrast to its 2-16-1 record of last season. The return of junior Andy Garcia, who missed all but four games last season with a broken foot, has provided a spark to the Bonnies' attack. Garcia has two goals and three assists. Sophomore forward Kevin Omokhua has scored three times. Six other players have one goal each as St. Bonaventure has outscored its opponents 12-5. Senior keeper Sean Eyde has 19 saves and a .792 save percentage.