Terps men are ranked No. 1 in latest poll

Maryland jumps from No. 4 in Soccer America rankings

September 15, 1999|By Jamison Hensley

The Maryland men's team is ranked No. 1 by Soccer America for the first time in its history.

The Terrapins (3-1) have won three straight games and beat Virginia, 1-0, on Sunday to record their first home victory over the Cavaliers since 1977. After losing to defending national champion Indiana to open its season, Maryland has outscored Butler, Marshall and Virginia by a combined 10-2 to jump from the No. 4 position and take over the top ranking from UCLA, which lost to Florida International on Friday.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 5 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, moving up three spots from a week ago. Creighton, the NSCAA's top-ranked team, is No. 7 in the Soccer America poll.

Maryland, which has appeared in the past five NCAA tournaments, advanced to the final four last season for the first time in 29 seasons, ending its season with a 1-0 loss to Stanford. The Terrapins, who play host to Monmouth tonight at 7, haven't won a national title since 1968.

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