FLUSHING, N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2018) - Heading into the team's East Coast Conference finale against Molloy, the Queens College men's soccer team got some good news thanks to the squad's 1-0-1 performance in the week prior. For the first time this season, the Knights were listed among the top-10 teams in the East Region according to the weekly poll from United Soccer Coaches.
The Tuesday (Oct. 23) tally saw QC ranked No. 10 amongst all East Region schools in Division II following a two-game stint that saw the Knights defeat NYIT by a 3-2 score last Wednesday (Oct. 17) before the squad played to a gritty, goalless draw against Bridgeport on Saturday (Oct. 20). The Purple Knights, in fact, were the tenth-ranked team in the ledger last week and jumped up to ninth overall in this week's balloting.
The USC poll now has five teams from the East Coast Conference inside the top-10, with Mercy leading the way at No. 2 followed by LIU Post (No. 6), Saint Thomas Aquinas (No. 7), Bridgeport and Queens. While Mercy, LIU Post and STAC are all qualified for the East Coast Conference postseason beginning next week, Queens and Bridgeport are still jockeying for the final position.
Here is the full United Soccer Coaches East Region tally, compiled on Tuesday.
3) Southern New Hampshire
4) Le Moyne
5) Wilmington (Del.)
6) LIU Post
7) Saint Thomas Aquinas
8) Georgian Court
10) Queens (NY)
The Knights can earn their first trip to the ECC playoffs in three years on Wednesday (Oct. 24) with a win or draw at conference cellar-dweller Molloy with the game kicking off from Rockville Centre at 7 p.m. The current ECC standings are below, with the top-five teams mentioned.
1) Mercy (6-2 ECC, 18 points)
2) Saint Thomas Aquinas (6-2 ECC, 18 points)
3) LIU Post (6-2 ECC, 18 points)
4) Queens (NY) (5-2-1, 16 points)
5) Bridgeport (4-3-1, 13 points)
All four other teams in the top-five play on Saturday, meaning that a Knights win would put them into the No. 1 overall spot in the ECC standings momentarily. Stay tuned and keep following along at www.queensknights.com for further information as the ECC men's soccer season draws to its thrilling conclusion.