MOUNT PLEASANT - With its first appearance in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire rankings since 2011, Central Michigan women’s soccer is gaining respect and recognition both nationally and regionally.
The Chippewas received four votes in the most recent NSCAA Top 25 rankings, making them the only school from the state of Michigan and the Mid-American Conference represented in the poll. The vote total ranks the Chippewas among the top 40 programs in the nation.
Central Michigan has earned a spot in the rankings for the second consecutive season, as it last appeared in the Top 25 rankings on October 11, 2011, when the team received two votes.
Earlier this week, the Maroon and Gold were voted the third-best team in the Great Lakes Region, their highest ranking in program history. They are ranked higher than Michigan, which is sixth, and Michigan State at seventh. The only other MAC school that appears in the regional poll is ninth-ranked Miami (OH).
The Chippewas have earned national exposure around the country through their impressive non-conference schedule. Of the seven teams the Chippewas have played this season, five have been ranked or received national votes at the time the Chippewas have played them, and the team has a 2-2-1 record in those matches.
At the Penn State Invitational, which also featured elite company in then-top-ranked Stanford and No. 6 Penn State, the Chippewas shut out West Virginia of the Big 12 in a 2-0 decision. The Next weekend the Chippewas took down the Mid-Atlantic region’s top team in Dayton, 4-2, and tied the second-best team in the Northeast region, No. 12 Marquette, 0-0.
The Chippewas close their non-conference schedule at Purdue tonight at 7 p.m.