As the week of soccer closes up, we get to look at the changes in the U Sports Top 10 Men’s Soccer Rankings.
With only four ranking changes, it was still a big week as the top three teams now find themselves in different spots. The former number one ranked school, Université de Montreal Carabins, fell to third after a win and a defeat over the weekend. The Carabins first faced off against the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes at home and weren’t able to come away with a victory as they suffered a 3-2 defeat. The next game was three days later, also at home, against McGill University and Montreal, this time, they were able to reverse the score from a couple of days prior and beat Mcgill 3-2.
The team now occupying Montreal’s old position of first, is none other than former premier ranked, Cape Breton University Capers who were had fallen to second. The Capers played one game and didn’t disappoint. They played a Mount Allison University Mounties team that hasn’t won a game yet. Cape Breton knew this going in and dominated the Mounties by a score of 5-0.
The other team to move in the top three is the still perfect Carleton University Ravens. Carleton played the Queen’s University Gaels at home and beat them 2-0. With this victory, the Ravens now have a perfect record of 10-0-0 and sit in second.
The last move in the national rankings was lower in the table but just as important. Despite winning both of their games, the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men dropped out of the ranking and were replaced by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. St. Francis Xavier played the Mounties out of Mount Allison and Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus. The first game was an easy 5-0 game against Mount Allison while the second against the Aigles Bleus was another win but this time 3-1.
As mentioned before, the X-Men lost their position in the top 10 rankings to UQTR Patriotes. The Patriotes only played once this week, as already stated in the article, UQTR played the Universite de Montreal Carabins and beat them 3-2.
With the week over, we can only look to next week and only speculate. Will Carleton remain perfect as they face their first real challenges back to back in the Ryerson University Rams and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues?