Big movements in the U Sports Men’s Soccer National Rankings means some teams find themselves in unfamiliar territory heading into week four. For the first time this season, there have been shifts in the top four, which is what we’ll cover first.
There is a new leader of the pack, and they are Carabins de l’Université de Montréal. Montreal beat their opponents, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, 1-0 and Université du Québec à Montréal 3-0. The Carabins were only able to make the leap from second to first because Cape Breton University’s perfect record came to an end this week. The Capers drew 0-0 to the Dalhousie University Tigers.
The York University Lions and the Carleton University Ravens traded spots after both won their games on the weekend. York played the Western University Mustangs on Friday and swiftly swept them away 4-0. Later, on Sunday, The Lions played the Brock University Badgers and also defeated them easily 3-0, 49 was at this match- to read more, click here,
Carleton had their home opener this weekend and didn’t disappoint their home fans]. The Ravens hammered the Nipissing University Lakers 3-0 and had no trouble in their 4-1 victory against the Laurentian University Voyageurs.], extending their perfect home record.
Nothing changed from from five to seven but when we look at the bottom three of the rankings, McMaster University fell out one week after making it in and the same goes to the UQAM With both those schools falling out of the Top 10, this means that two other schools could move into their spots. Thompson River University Wolfpack rejoined the National Rankings and the University of Guelph Gryphons made their rankings debut. The University of New Brunswick Reds made a small leap up into the eighth spot from their previously ninth-ranked position.
UQAM lost their first game of the week, in the aforementioned , 3-0 toMontreal. They then drew 1-1, two days later, to l’Universite Laval Rouge et Or. The Marauders had a different week compared to UQAM, they only played one game during the week and lost to the Brock Badgers on the road 4-2. The Wolfpack had games on back-to back days in Kamloops, B.C. They welcomed, for the first time in Kamloops, the Saskatchewan University Huskies and drew 2-2 with them. They didn’t fare much better when they battled against MacEwan University Griffins as they tied again but this time 1-1. The Guelph Gryphons had their first game in Windsor and played the University of Windsor Lancers. The Gryphons were able to leave Windsor with a 3-0 victory in their pockets but lost their second game 1-0, in London against the Mustangs from Western. UNB hosted Memorial University Seahawks but couldn’t pull out a win in front of the home crowd and walked away with a 0-0 tie. The fans got a treat the next day when the Reds defeated the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers by a margin of 3-0.
With this week done and in the books, we’ll have to wait and see if there is any movement in the middle of the rankings or if it stays in a deadlock like it has been since week 2.