UWF fourth in first set of NCAA men's soccer regional rankings
Argos looking to earn one of three tournament bids from the South Region
INDIANAPOLIS – The West Florida men’s soccer team hopes to return to the NCAA postseason this November, and the Argonauts are now in the tournament picture after being ranked fourth in the South Region in Wednesday’s first set of regional rankings released by the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Committee. The top three teams from the South Region will advance to this year’s modified 35-team single elimination tournament.
Lynn (11-1 record in Division II play, 11-1 against regional opponents) holds the top spot in the region in the first set of rankings one year after advancing to the Division II national championship game. Fellow Sunshine State Conference members Rollins (7-3-2, 7-3-2) and Tampa (7-4-1, 7-4-1) hold down the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, followed by UWF (6-2-2, 6-2-2) at No. 4. Rounding out the region is independent Palm Beach Atlantic (8-2, 6-2) in the fifth spot.
After an 0-2 start, the Argonauts have gone unbeaten in their next 10 games to compile an 8-2-2 overall record. UWF is 6-0-2 in Gulf South Conference play to lead the league standings. Automatic qualifiers for conference champions are not awarded in Division II men’s soccer, so winning the GSC Tournament does not guarantee a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
UWF has advanced to the NCAA tournament five times in men’s soccer, with the last appearance coming in 2010. In 2006, the Argos advanced to the national semifinals but were eliminated in penalty kicks by Dowling.
The Argos will resume play this weekend, facing Christian Brothers and Delta State on the road on Friday and Sunday, respectively. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.