Penn State ranks No. 7 nationally in pre-season men's soccer poll

July 18, 2003

Nittany Lions incoming recruiting class tabbed as ninth best

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State men's soccer team has been ranked No. 7 nationally according to CollegeSoccerNews.com in its 2003 pre-season top 30.

The publication also ranked the incoming recruiting class as the ninth-best nationally.

The Nittany Lions will play three of the top 10 teams in the country, including No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 UCLA and No. 10 Indiana, during the 2003 campaign.

Penn State, which went 16-8-0 and made it to the 2002 NCAA tournament's "Elite Eight," will open its season against the second-ranked Bruins on Aug. 29 in Fullerton, Calif. The top-ranked Terps and Nittany Lions will clash in a neutral-site 8 p.m. tilt on Oct. 16 at Hershey Park in Hershey.

Boston College (14th), Michigan (29th) and Bradley (30th) are other ranked opponents on the Nittany Lions' schedule.

Penn State returns seven starters from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals and lost to eventual national champion UCLA.

For more information on the Penn State men's soccer team, please visit Penn State's official athletics Web site, http://www.GoPSUsports.com

CollegeSoccerNews.com Top 30 Pre-Season National Rankings

1. Maryland
2. UCLA
3. St. John's
4. Wake Forest
5. Stanford
6. SMU
7. Penn State
8. Creighton
9. Furman
10. Indiana
11. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
12. Notre Dame
13. Clemson
14. Boston College
15. Connecticut
16. St. Louis
17. Pennsylvania
18. California
19. U.C. Santa Barbara
20. New Mexico
21. Virginia
22. Coastal Carolina
23. Washington
24. Duke
25. Portland
26. Northeastern
27. San Diego
28. UAB
29. Michigan
30. Bradley

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