For the first time in school history, the Milwaukee Panthers have cracked the Top 10 in a national poll. The women’s soccer program, due to a 14-1 record with the only blemish caused by #5 nationally-ranked Marquette, opened today in the NSCAA national poll at #10.
Coach Michael Moynihan’s team, who topped out previously at #12, made the move up two spots in the national poll from losses sustained by the Florida Gators and the Boston College Eagles. Florida, who sat at #11 last week, lost to Mississippi State on the road in an SEC match, 1-0. Boston College dropped all the way from #9 to #17 after losing 3-2 at Miami and at Florida State 1-0 in ACC contests.
The Panthers only have three matches remaining on the season. Milwaukee plays at Loyola tomorrow night and at Illinois State on Sunday in the final non-conference contest of the season. They close the regular season next week Friday at home against Green Bay before the Horizon League Tournament.
With a victory tomorrow, the Panthers clinch at least a share of the Horizon League Regular Season Championship and would host the conference tournament due to a potential tie-breaker over Detroit. With two matches to play, the Titans are 5-1 and only have lost to Milwaukee, who is 6-0.
The Panthers have won 11 straight Horizon League Regular Season championships, second only to Penn State, who has won the Big Ten 12 straight years.