Spartans Cap Season With No. 8 Ranking in NSCAA PollDecember 6, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Kans. – The NCAA South Region champion University of Tampa women’s soccer team is ranked No. 8 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II top-25, which was announced Tuesday.
The 16-6-2 Spartans won the NCAA South Regional championship and also captured the program’s second consecutive Sunshine State Conference tournament title. UT has now won 16 games in each of the past two season, earning a national ranking both seasons.
Tampa women’s soccer is no stranger to the national rankings, appearing in both the preseason and final installment. The Spartans have been represented in the national rankings for a string of nine consecutive seasons, dating back to 2003.
Head coach Gerry Lucey’s squad peaked at the right time in 2011, winning six of its final seven matches and allowing just four opponent goals in the span. Among the victories were triumphs over nationally-ranked Saint Leo and Rollins (twice).