One team is ranked third in the nation; one team jumped 12 spots to No. 6 in Division II mens soccer; and one team swept its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference weekly awards.
It was a good day for the Fort Lewis College soccer programs.
The FLC women finished its nonconference season 3-0-1 with a pair of netural-site games on the road in Grand Junction last weekend. FLC climbed from sixth to third in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American top 25 poll released Tuesday.
The FLC men swept a pair of nonconference games against nationally-ranked opponents last weekend at Dirks Field in Durango. FLC defeated then- No. 19 Truman State 2-nil Friday and then-No. 8 Colorado School of Mines 2-1 on Sunday.
The sweep propelled the Skyhawks from No. 18 to No. 6 in the NSCAA top 25 rankings.
We have had a great start to the season and have come up against some really strong teams from throughout the nation, FLC mens soccer coach Oige Kennedy said in a news release.
It is a great position to be in at the early part of the year, but we are very conscious that the only ranking that will matter is where we finish come the end of the season.
FLC (4-0) knocked Truman State from the rankings and bumped Mines to 13th.
From the RMAC, Regis is ranked 17th, and Metro State received votes but was left out of the top 25. FLC is ranked first in the Central Region, with Mines second, Regis third and Metro fourth.
The top five in the country are Northern Kentucky, Rollins (Fla.), Midwestern State (Texas), Southern New Hampshire and Mercyhurst (Pa.).
Fort Lewis impressive sweep brought player of the week honors for Skyhawks center defender Fabian Kling and forward Kosta Kordistos.
Kling was RMAC Defensive Player of the Week for captaining a Skyhawks defense that allowed just one goal in front of senior goalkeeper Ryan Wirth. He added a pair of assists.
Kordistos, like Kling from Germany, scored the first goals of his collegiate career. He scored a pair in the Skyhawks 3-nil victory over Hawaii Pacific on Monday at Dirks Field, then tallied against Mines on Sunday. He had six points, 10 shots and six shots on goal in three games.
FLC will open RMAC play Sunday at CSU-Pueblo in Colorado Springs, then will return home for conference games against Colorado Mesa, Adams State and UC-Colorado Springs.
The FLC women scrapped to a 3-1 victory against Dixie State on Friday, then tied Grand Canyon 2-all Monday.
FLC (3-0-1) will play its RMAC and home openers this weekend. FLC will host CSU-Pueblo at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Nebraska-Kearney at 1 p.m. Sunday.
This was our toughest weekend we had all year long last year, Clarke said of last years road split against these two programs.
Its important that we get off to a strong start in the conference games and just continue to get better, Clarke said in the news release.
Florida Tech was ranked first in the nation, and St. Edwards (Texas) was ranked second.
From the RMAC, Metro State was ranked 11th.
FLC was ranked first in the Central Region, with Metro second and Mines third.