Soccer Climbs to No. 18 in NCAA RPI

LSU Soccer
LSU Soccer
Steve Franz
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - Following a weekend sweep of Georgia and Tennessee to wrap up its eight-game homestand at the LSU Soccer Stadium, the Tigers have climbed 16 spots into the No. 18 position with the release of the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index published Wednesday morning.

The Tigers, who were ranked No. 34 in the initial RPI released a week ago, are riding a winning streak of six-straight games and an unbeaten streak of nine-straight games as they are now 9-3-1 for the season and a perfect 4-0 in SEC play with 12 points while sitting alone atop the league table.

The RPI is the primary ratings system used by the NCAA when determining which squads will receive at-large bids to compete at the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament.

LSU is looking to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament this fall for the fourth time in five seasons as it earned an at-large berth into the postseason in three-straight years from 2007-09.

The Southeastern Conference continues to prove its worth as one of the premier leagues in the country for the 2011 season as the No. 2-ranked conference in college soccer behind the Atlantic Coast Conference in the RPI as it has held its position for the second-straight week.

LSU is one of seven clubs ranked in the RPI Top 50 this week as they join the likes of No. 2 Florida, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 15 Auburn, No. 28 Tennessee, No. 48 Georgia and No. 50 Vanderbilt. In fact, LSU will face four RPI Top 50 opponents on the road over its final seven matches this season with fixtures slated at Vanderbilt on Friday, Kentucky on Sunday, Auburn on Oct. 14 and Florida on Oct. 23.

The Texas A&M Aggies, who are set to join the SEC for the 2012 season, are ranked No. 19 in the RPI as eight of the league's 13 teams next fall are ranked among the nation's Top 50 for the 2011 campaign.

While the ACC sets the pace with 10 teams ranked in this week's RPI Top 50, both the Big 10 and Pac 12 conferences trail the SEC with six teams apiece. The Big 12 Conference follows with five Top 50 clubs to rank ahead of four teams in the Big East Conference and two teams in the West Coast Conference.

NCAA Division I Women's Soccer RPI (as of Oct. 5, 2011)
1. UCLA, 10-0-1
2. Florida, 10-3-0
3. Wake Forest, 11-1-1
4. Duke, 12-1-1
5. Stanford, 11-0-1
6. Virginia, 8-3-2
7. Boston College, 9-0-2
8. Memphis, 12-0-0
9. UW-Milwaukee, 11-1-0
10. Kentucky, 9-3-0
11. North Carolina, 8-2-0
12. Pepperdine, 8-0-4
13. Florida State, 9-4-0
14. Oklahoma State, 14-0-0
15. Auburn, 9-2-1
16. Central Florida, 9-2-3
17. Dayton, 10-1-0
18. LSU, 9-3-1
19. Texas A&M, 9-5-0
20. Miami (Fla.), 7-4-1
21. Penn State, 11-3-0
22. Marquette, 12-2-0
23. California, 8-3-1
24. Rice, 8-3-1
25. Santa Clara, 7-1-4
26. Ohio State, 8-4-1
27. NC State, 8-4-2
28. Tennessee, 9-3-0
29. Maryland, 8-2-3
30. Wisconsin, 7-4-2





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