KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third consecutive week, the Hofstra University women earned the highest ranking in program history and as it is ranked No. 10 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, it was announced Tuesday.
Hofstra also is ranked No. 13 in this week’s Division I RPI.
The Pride is coming off of a 2-1 victory over James Madison University to improve to 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play.
Hofstra (10-1-0) ranks fifth in the nation with a 0.909 winning percentage and is riding a seven-match winning streak, tied for the sixth-longest in the nation behind Florida State (11), Arkansas (9), Pepperdine (8), New Mexico (8) and Southern California (8).
The Pride continue to boast one of the most high-powered offenses and stifling defensive units in the nation. Hofstra continues to rank inside the top-20 in assists per game (17th), goals against average (9th), points per game (17th), goals per game (18th), shutout percentage (11th), assists (15th), goals (24th) and points (22nd).
Senior forward Miri Taylor ranks second nationally with 28 points per game, as she continues to sprint toward the top of the Hofstra record books. She is tied for second all-time in assists (26), tied for seventh all-time in points (80), and tied for ninth all-time in goals (27). In addition to her No. 2 ranking in points, Taylor is also third nationally in goals, third in points per game and 28th in assists.
Also making some noise in the national statistical rankings is fifth-year forward Lucy Shepherd who is 13th in assists per game and 12th in total assists. Defensively, goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich, with the help of Hofstra’s backline, ranks 12th in the country with a 0.465 goals-against average.
Hofstra is the first Colonial Athletic Association program to receive a top-10 ranking by the United Soccer Coaches since William & Mary was ranked No. 10 in November 1999.
Hofstra will to keep the nation’s longest home winning streak (14 games) going against the University of Delaware at home Thursday at 7 p.m.
United Soccer Coaches Top-10 Rankings
1. Florida State University (11-0-0)
2. University of Virginia (10-1-1)
3. UCLA (10-0-1)
4. Duke University (8-1-1)
5. University of North Carolina (8-1-2)
6. Pepperdine University (10-1-0)
7. University of Arkansas (9-2-0)
8. Rutgers University (9-2-0)
9. West Virginia University (8-2-1)
10. Hofstra University (10-1-0)