Not much changed this week in Division II women’s soccer. Despite a minor shuffle, the hierarchy remained very much intact with the top eight teams in the Week 2 poll remaining the same.
RELATED: United States Coaches poll
While the reigning champions extended their current DII-best winning streak, there was a fresh face in the United Soccer Coaches poll, making its first appearance in the Top 25 in school history.
Western Washington remains queen of the pitch, no change in Top 4
Western Washington opened its 2016 season playing Sonoma State to a 0-0 draw. That was the last time the Vikings recorded anything other than a W.
WWU closed the 2016 season with 24 straight wins, including the program’s first national championship. The Vikings extended their win streak to 27, starting off this season 3-0. Junior Gabriela Pelogi is off to a hot start, pacing the Vikings’ attack with 10 points behind a team-best four goals.
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The top four teams — WWU, Columbus State, Kutztown and Central Missouri, in order — remain the same. All four teams are unbeaten. Columbus State anxiously awaits to get back to the pitch after several games were canceled due to Hurricane Irma. Central Missouri and Kutztown are two of 13 teams that have yet to allow a goal this season. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as Central Missouri’s Ana Dilkes is one of the best keepers in DII, already denying 21 shots on goal.
Missouri Western State makes its Top 25 debut
No team in DII women’s soccer has scored more goals than Missouri Western State thus far in 2017. That has helped it get off to a program-best 4-0 start, earning its first-ever Top 25 ranking.
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