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UDC Men’s Soccer Ranked No. 10 in United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II East Region Poll

Men's Soccer vs. Barton College, 9/13/17
Raphael Pacano (left) celebrates a goal with Ryan Dagley (right) during a Firebirds win vs. Barton in 2017.

USC East Region Poll


KANSAS CITY, MO – The University of the District of Columbia men's soccer team is ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II East Region Week 4 Poll released Tuesday, September 26th.


The Firebirds (6-2, 2-0 ECC) are coming off of back-to-back, 4-1 wins last week, first on the road at Holy Family University and then at home vs. East Coast Conference foe St. Thomas Aquinas College. This marks the first time UDC has earned a spot in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches' Association of America – NSCAA) Poll since 2014.


UDC boasts the leading scorer in the ECC as well as the top statistical goalkeeper. Sophomore midfielder Gabriel Torres – the two-time reigning ECC Offensive Player of the Week – currently leads the ECC in all three major scoring categories and ranks No. 3 in Division II for points per-game (3.25), No 5 in the nation for goals per-game (1.25), and No. 7 in the nation for assists per-game (.75). Meanwhile, freshman goalkeeper Luis Aguirre is 5-0 on the season and leads the league in save percentage (.800) and goals-against average (1.03).


The Firebirds are currently on a five-game win streak – the program's longest since 2002 – and about to take on the No. 4 ranked team out of the Atlantic Region, West Chester University. The Golden Rams, who received votes for the USC National Top-25 poll, are currently 5-1-1 overall and also unbeaten in their last five games.