Men’s soccer finishes seventh in final poll

By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After reaching the national quarterfinals for the fifth time in nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Fort Hays State Men’s Soccer finishes the year ranked No. 7 in the final United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll released on Tuesday (Dec. 14).

The No. 7 ranking marks the highest for the Tigers for the 2021 season. FHSU’s previous high in the rankings this season was No. 15 from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. However, the Tigers surge all the way from the receiving votes section in the poll to No. 7 thanks to another successful run in the NCAA Tournament. As the No. 6 seed in Super Region 3, the Tigers knocked off No. 3 seed Wisconsin-Parkside and No. 2 seed Lake Erie to reach the national quarterfinals where they fell to No. 1 seed Indianapolis. The Tigers finished their year at 15-6-2 overall, generating their second-most wins in a season in program’s still young 11-year history.

This is the second-highest ranking the Tigers have held in a final United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll. By making a run to the national semifinals in 2018, the Tigers finished at No. 4 in the final poll that season. They held a No. 3 preseason ranking going into the 2019 season, which is still the highest the Tigers have ever been in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.

United Soccer Coaches Top 25 – 2021 Final Poll – December 14, 2021

Rank School Prev W-L-T
1 California State University-Los Angeles 6 18-2-3
2 University Of Charleston 5 19-3-2
3 Nova Southeastern University RV 16-3-2
4 University Of Indianapolis 7 18-1-3
5 Cal Poly Pomona 16 14-5-4
6 Millersville University NR 15-6-2
7 Fort Hays State University RV 15-6-2
8 Auburn University Montgomery RV 11-4-4
9 Colorado Mesa University 11 16-4-2
10 Davis & Elkins College 3 17-1-3
11 Young Harris College 1 18-0-2
12 Franklin Pierce University 4 20-1-1
13 Palm Beach Atlantic University 2 13-3-0
14 Chowan University RV 13-4-2
15 Lake Erie College NR 16-4-1
16 University of Illinois-Springfield RV 13-6-2
17 West Texas A&M University 17 14-4-1
18 Gannon University NR 16-3-3
19 Azusa Pacific University 10 12-3-2
20 Colorado School Of Mines 25 14-4-2
21 University Of Tampa 9 13-4-0
22 Midwestern State University 8 16-3-1
23 Colorado State University-Pueblo 24 15-6-2
24 University Of West Florida RV 11-3-4
25 Maryville University of St. Louis 12 13-4-3

Also receiving votes: Wilmington University, Post University, University Of Wisconsin-Parkside, American International College, Seattle Pacific University.

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