Indiana is the new No. 1 after reigning champion Marshall suffered a defeat on Sunday.
Previous No. 15 Virginia Tech stormed back to defeat the preseason No. 1 team and reigning champion Marshall on Sunday. Despite leading in shots 7-4, Virginia Tech trailed 2-0 at the half. The Hokies opted to press early in the second half, and Sivert Haugli found the back of the net by the 64th minute to open the game up for Virginia Tech. Less than two minutes later, the Hokies were awarded a penalty kick for a handball in the box, and once again Haugli stepped up and scored, this time from the mark, to make it 2-2. Another penalty kick was drawn, Nick Blacklock sent the ball into the back of the net to get the game winner for the Hokies, 3-2. With the loss, the Thundering Herd dropped from No. 1 to seventh. Virginia Tech moved up five spots to become the new No. 10 team.
DOWN GOES NO. 1: No. 15 Virginia Tech storms back to beat top-ranked Marshall
SMU goes all the way up to No. 9 after being previously unranked following a 3-1 win at home versus then-No. 8 Stanford, thanks a brace from senior midfielder Gabriel Costa. Maryland followed suit, moving all the way to No. 11 after an impressive two straight wins, including a 1-0 win over former No. 18 Charlotte.
VCU tied UNC on Sunday, moving into the No. 12 spot, while UNC dropped two spots to No. 6. Other opening-week action included previous No. 9 Washington picking up two wins against UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton, allowing the Huskies to jump four spots to break into the top 5. Georgetown also improved three spots to No. 2 after defeating UC Irvine 2-1 and Fordham 4-0 in its opening two matches.
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Other previously unranked teams that made their way into the United Soccer Coaches Poll are Saint Louis at No. 16, Akron at No. 19 and Lipscomb and Duke at 23 and 24, respectively.
United Soccer Coaches Top 25 rankings
|1||Indiana (20 first-place votes)||2||592||1-0-0|
Records are through games of Aug. 29, 2021
Also receiving votes: Seattle (50); UNC Wilmington (41); Tulsa (38), Saint Mary’s (California) (34); Florida International; (32), San Diego State (28); Providence (27); Virginia (26); West Virginia (25); James Madison (17); Davidson (13); Grand Canyon (12); Vermont (11); UCSB (11); UCF (9); Charlotte (8); NC State (3); Dayton (3); Coastal Carolina (1); Yale (1).
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