Oct. 21, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's soccer team received its first regional ranking of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 21, as it came in at a tie for seventh place in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Middle Atlantic Regional Poll. The Eagles have gone 3-0-1 in their previous four games, defeating Navy (2-0), No. 25 Georgetown (4-1) and Lehigh (1-0) and tying Lafayette (1-1).
American (6-5-2, 2-0-1 PL) has outscored its opponents 8-2 over the four-game stretch. Seniors Anthony Moy and Phil Purdy have led the way for the Eagles, both scoring a pair of goals. Moy now leads the team in points with eight on four goals. Junior center back Karsten Smith and sophomore forward Daniel Shannon each have three goals on the season, as the Eagles have scored 19 goals on the season, three more than they totaled all of last year.
The Eagles will look to move to the top of the Patriot League standings on Saturday, as they host conference leader Holy Cross (7-3-3, 3-0-1 PL) at 1 p.m. over American University's Alumni Weekend at Reeves Field. The Crusaders have also been successful as of late, going 2-0-1 against league opponents, defeating Navy (4-0) and Bucknell (2-1) and tying Lehigh (0-0) and hold the No. 4 spot in the NSCAA Regional Poll.
"Holy Cross, by all accounts, is playing great soccer this season and we seem to have found our form in October," said AU head coach Todd West. "Historically, we've had a terrific rivalry dating back to the 2001 Patriot League Championship, which was our first year in the conference. There have been some wild matches in this series, so hopefully we can make enough plays to put ourselves in a position to win. It should be a great battle of undefeated PL teams and we'll need all the support we can get from our alumni, families and friends."
The Patriot League has two other teams represented in the Mid-Atlantic Poll this week, with Colgate (7-4-2, 3-1-0 PL) coming in at No. 5 and Lehigh ranking at No. 10 (5-5-3, 1-1-2 PL). The Eagles will travel to Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.