KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College men's soccer team was eighth in the first round of the NCAA Regional Rankings, released on October 23.
The Owls (11-5) are the highest ranked team from the Little East Conference in the rankings, and the only public college in the poll. KSC boasts a strength of schedule of .572 this season.
Nationally ranked No. 1 Amherst tops the ranking, followed by Tufts (nationally ranked No. 7), Middlebury (unranked), Connecticut College (No. 15), Brandeis (unranked), WPI (unranked), and Babson (unranked). The NCAA Regional Rankings are released during the final three weeks of the regular season, with one poll coming on the final day of conference championships (November 10). The regional rankings take into account won/loss record, strength of schedule, ratings percentage index, and results against other regionally ranked opponents.
The Owls are led by junior midfielder Emmanuel Smith (10 goals, eight assists, 28 points), as well as junior forward Connor Downey (5-2-12), freshman forward James McCully (5-1-11), and sophomore midfielder Vance Bates (4-1-9). Sophomore Anthony Pasciuto has started 11 games in goal with a 1.74 goals against average and a .717 save percentage.
KSC takes on UMass-Boston in an important Little East Conference clash on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Dr. Ron Butcher Field.