It has been a season of consequence for FIU’s men’s soccer team. A two-time champion at the Division II level and a national runner-up in Division I in 1996, the program does know success. However, not since the mid-1990s has FIU reached the heights it’s reaching in 2017.
Earlier this week, the program was ranked No. 8 in the NCAA’s latest United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll. It is the highest raking for the program since the conclusion of the 1996 season. The team didn’t rest on its laurels, taking the field and defeating conference rival Old Dominion 3-1 to remain unbeaten on the season.
FIU, which boasts a 10-0-3 overall record (5-0-1 Conference USA) is one of only two programs in Division I soccer who are still undefeated this season. No. 2 Indiana is (13-0-3).
While the team recognition trickles in, two players received individual honors. Joris Ahlinvi was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week for the week ending Oct. 22, while captain Paul Marie was picked as the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
The Panthers close out the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 29 as they travel to Lexington to take on Kentucky at 7 p.m. After that, they will travel to Norfolk, Virginia to start their run at the Conference USA Tournament title.
The Conference USA Tournament will take place Nov. 8, 10, 12 in Norfolk, Virginia at the ODU Soccer Complex.
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— AJ Ricketts (@AJRicketts) October 26, 2017