Ponies Maintain Strong Position in National Rankings

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Mustangs Sustain Impressive Form as Season Nears Conclusion, Maintaining High Rankings

DALLAS — SMU continues its exceptional run as the 2023 season approaches its end. The Mustangs hold strong positions in multiple national rankings, featuring prominently in the United Soccer Coaches, Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News, and NCAA RPI polls.

The Ponies currently rank 4th in NCAA RPI and according to the United Soccer Coaches standings. Top Drawer Soccer has SMU consistently at the 5th spot, maintaining their position from week nine. College Soccer News has witnessed the Mustangs’ rise, with the team moving up from the 3rd to the 2nd rank.

Guided by Coach Kevin Hudson, the Mustangs have amassed an impressive record of 99-39-17. Coach Hudson is on the cusp of celebrating his 100th career victory.

This year, the Mustangs hold an overall record of 10-1-2, securing seven shutout victories, including one against the then 25th-ranked Oral Roberts. SMU’s recent matches featured consecutive shutouts against FAU and Tulsa, with scores of 3-0 and 2-0, respectively.

Senior Cole Johnson’s exceptional performance earned him the AAC Goalkeeper of the Week title four times this season. SMU has garnered a total of 14 conference honors, which includes four Offensive Player of the Week awards, one Defensive Player of the Week award, and eight Honor Roll nods.

Washburne Stadium has become a fortress for the Mustangs, boasting a remarkable 15-1-2 overall record since its inaugural season in 2022.

SMU’s journey in the American Athletic Conference continues with an upcoming away game against UAB on Friday, set to kick off at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed on ESPN+. The Mustangs will then return home on Wednesday, November 1, for Senior Night against Temple, with the kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Current Rankings:

  • College Soccer News: 2
  • United Soccer Coaches: 4
  • NCAA RPI: 4
  • Top Drawer Soccer: 5

Reference:

https://www.si.com/college/smu/football/smu-mustangs-kevin-hudson-mens-soccer

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