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SMU Men’s Soccer Climbs the Week 5 Power 5 Rankings with Impressive Performance

In Week 5 of men’s college soccer, the reigning national champions dropped out of the Power 5 rankings, making way for SMU to claim the No. 2 spot, largely thanks to their goalkeeper’s outstanding performance. As the season reaches its midpoint, intense competition prevails, featuring hard-fought draws and one-goal victories.Reference:

  1. Akron | 5-0-4 (Previous: 4) Akron’s men’s soccer team secured a spot in the Power 5 rankings with a third consecutive draw, surviving a goalless match against Notre Dame and a 1-1 tie against St. John’s. Akron’s recent equalizer came late in the second half after a comeback from an early deficit. In these two draws, Akron managed 20 shots on goal while allowing just one. They’ll aim for a win as they host Seton Hall on Friday.
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  1. UCF | 4-1-2 (Previous: 3) UCF Knights faced a tough 1-0 loss to Marshall, dropping them one spot in the rankings. However, the team’s historic rise this season should not go unnoticed. Saturday’s game marked their first-ever top-3 nationally-ranked matchup, and last week’s draw with West Virginia was their first-ever top-5 matchup. UCF will seek to regain dominance as they face Kentucky on Friday.
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  1. West Virginia | 6-0-2 (Previous: 2) West Virginia’s Mountaineers slipped one spot after a scoreless draw at home against Sunbelt opponent Georgia Southern. Despite narrowly missing the goal and outshooting the Eagles 20-2, they couldn’t find the net. The Mountaineers will strive to score in their upcoming road match against UNC Greensboro on Tuesday
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  1. SMU | 7-1 (Previous: NR) SMU Mustangs surged to the No. 2 spot after securing a 2-1 road victory over South Florida, featuring an impressive six saves from senior goalkeeper Cole Johnson, including a penalty kick stop. Hermann Trophy candidate Jelldrik Dallmann sealed the win with two goals, bringing his season total to six. Next, the Mustangs will defend their perfect home record (6-0) against Grand Canyon on Wednesday.
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  1. Marshall | 8-0 (Previous: 1) Marshall’s Herd maintain their grip on the No. 1 spot, securing their eighth consecutive win of the season over the nationally ranked No. 3 UCF. Marshall fans joined the winning frenzy, with a record-high attendance of 3,075 at Saturday’s Senior Night. The 1-0 victory over UCF marked the team’s fifth shutout of the season. The Herd aim to maintain their momentum as they play their final non-conference match against VCU on Wednesday.

Reference:

https://bleacherreport.com/videos/464017-smu-mens-soccer-soars-into-week-5-power-5-rankings

https://bleacherreport.com/videos/464017-smu-mens-soccer-soars-into-week-5-power-5-rankings

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