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Both Penn State Soccer Teams Fall In United Soccer Coaches Poll

A loss apiece for Penn State men’s and women’s soccer was reflected in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll Tuesday.

Penn State women’s soccer now sits at No. 14, while the men have fallen all the way out of the top 25, and are now receiving votes.

Erica Dambach’s women’s program entered the week at No. 7, and improved to 4-0 on Thursday with a 2-1 win over then-No. 13 West Virginia. However, the unbeaten start would come to an end on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of No. 18 UCF, a team that has since jumped to No. 17.

The Nittany Lions could have been penalized more, but it is reasonable to keep Dambach’s squad within the top 15, considering the West Virginia win.

For yet another week, the top five of the women’s rankings remains the same, with Florida State, UNC, Virginia, UCLA, and Duke leading the hierarchy. The Nittany Lions will get an opportunity this Thursday to improve their rankings again with a visit to No. 3 Virginia.

Meanwhile, Jeff Cook’s squad is now out of the men’s top 25 for the first time since last March due to a crushing defeat at the hands of West Virginia on Friday.

Unfortunately for the team, there was no chance to rebound last week, as the next game was on Monday, a 3-1 win over American. Therefore, while Penn State men’s soccer is currently on the outside looking in, the Nittany Lions are off to a positive start this week, and a win on the road against UPenn on Friday should be enough to climb back into the nation’s elite.

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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