Men’s Soccer Ascends to No. 7 in latest NAIA Poll

After beating a pair of top-15 teams last week, the Georgia Gwinnett men’s soccer team was elevated up nine spots to seventh in the latest NAIA national poll.

The ranking marks the highest for the team since the program began prior to the 2012 season, and it comes on the heels of being tabbed as the top team in Association of Independent Institutions on Monday evening.

The poll is the first since the preseason release, and in that time, the Grizzlies have compiled a 6-1 overall record and are currently riding a four-match winning streak, highlighted by wins at then-No. 2 Auburn-Montgomery on Tuesday and over then-No. 14 William Carey at Grizzly Soccer Complex this past Sunday. It represented the second time in school history that the team had beaten two ranked teams in the span of a week. GGC’s lone loss came to Thomas on the road earlier this month.

Thomas is ranked No. 2 in Tuesday’s poll, and AUM and WCU fell to fifth and 18th, respectively. Lindsey Wilson was tabbed as the nation’s top team.

The 2013 Grizzlies held the previous high in the national poll, peaking at No. 9 upon the conclusion of the regular season. Combined with postseason No. 1 rankings for both men’s and women’s tennis as well as a postseason No. 7 mark for baseball, four of GGC’s six athletic programs hold top 10 national rankings in their most recent respective poll.

The Grizzlies will return to action on Saturday when Shorter makes a visit to Grizzly Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

Kaitlyn Richards-Lynn is a senior at Duluth High School. She has been an active member of her school’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams for the past three years. She is also a member of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and Student Body Vice President.

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