For the first time in over five years, the Varsity Reds women's soccer team has been ranked by the CIS in the country's Top Ten.
The Varsity Reds haven't lost a game yet this season, posting five wins and two ties in seven matches. They entered the CIS national rankings this week in tenth position.
The last time UNB women's soccer was in the CIS Top Ten was in 2007, when the team started the season 2-0-0 after the first weekend.
Head coach Jon Crossland says it's a big boost to the program.
"It's great recognition of the progress we've made thus far and of our early season success," he said. "Our continuing goal is to take that into the playoffs and into November."
It's also something his players, who have never known a ranked women's team, started to realize could be a possibility recently.
"They started to chatter about it last week and started taking a look at them a couple weeks ago," Crossland said.
He's hoping this inspiration and confidence boost will keep the team riding on a high.
The Varsity Reds play their next home game on October 5 at 1pm when they host Dalhousie.
Full rankings are as follows:
(regular season record) / votes / (previous ranking)
1. Trinity Western (5-0-1) / 44 points / (3) *
2. Ottawa (9-1-0) / 44 / (4)
3. Laval (7-1-0) / 32 / (10)
4. York (9-1-1) / 31 / (2)
5. Montreal (5-1-2) / 25 / (1)
6. Victoria (5-0-1) / 23 / (9)
7. Western (9-1-0) / 22 / (6)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (8-1-1) / 21 / (7)
9. UOIT (7-0-2) / 20 / (5)
10. UNB (5-0-2) / 7 / (NR)
* Trinity Western (over Ottawa) was awarded the higher ranking based on its higher ranking a week ago.
Other teams receiving votes: Fraser Valley (4), Calgary (2).
With files from Canadian Interuniversity Sport
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