HCC Women’s Soccer Team Climbs To No. 1 In NJCAA Div. I Poll

Posted 3 years ago

By Glen Grunwald

There aren’t too many firsts left for the Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team, but the Lady Dragons received one on Wednesday morning.

That’s when the team found out it was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Poll.

The Lady Dragons (5-0) earned their highest national ranking ever in their eight-year history. Hutchinson has been ranked as high as No. 3 in on three different occasions, including its previous ranking last week. HCC had four of the five first-place votes this week.

The reason for the jump?

No. 1 Brevard and No. 2 Tyler both lost games over the weekend, while Hutchinson continued to dominate its early-season schedule. Last week, the Lady Dragons defeated Cloud County 7-0 and Independence 15-0. After Monday’s 5-0 victory at Hesston College, the Lady Dragons have outscored their opponents 47-0.

Tyler Junior College is No. 2 and Brevard is No. 3 this week. Brevard was ranked No. 1 last week Paradise Valley and Iowa Western round out the Top 5.

With a strong weekend – an overtime loss to Brevard and an overtime victory over Tyler, Butler jumps up three spots to No. 6. Johnson County took a tumble, dropping nine spots after a 1-0 loss to Illinois Central last weekend. The Cavaliers are No. 19.

Hutchinson defeated Hesston College 5-0 on Monday and will play at Pratt today in a Jayhawk Conference matchup. On Saturday Hutchinson plays host to Johnson County at 5:15 p.m. at the USD 308 Athletic Complex. The game time was changed from 3 p.m. to accommodate a middle school tournament also being played on Saturday at the complex.

(HCC Sports Information)

Record    Points    Last Week
1. Hutchinson (4)                      4-0           97              3

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