For the third time in as many weeks this season, seven Big Ten schools are either ranked or receiving votes in the two major national women’s soccer polls, according to Tuesday’s new rankings released by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NSCAA) and Soccer America.
Penn State remains the highest-ranked Big Ten school in the United Soccer Coaches poll at No. 5, while Rutgers rises two places to No. 14. After defeating top-five opponent Virginia and William & Mary on the road last weekend, Wisconsin moves into the coaches’ poll this week at No. 16 and Nebraska continues to appear in the Top 25 at No. 22. In addition, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State are receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll.
Like the coaches’ survey, Penn State is the leading Big Ten program in the Soccer America poll at No. 4 this week. Wisconsin makes its debut in the media ranking at No. 13, while Rutgers is up one spot to No. 16. Nebraska rounds out the Big Ten contingent in the Soccer America balloting at No. 24.