In news first brought to our attention by Kansas State Wildcats soccer radio announcer Mitch Fortner (@MitchTheFort on Twitter), the K-State soccer team received votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll — one of the major rankings for college soccer — this week.
Those 7 points are good for an unofficial ranking of 39th. Other Big 12 teams in the poll include the No. 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys, No. 19 Kansas Jayhawks, No. 21 Texas Tech Red Raiders, No. 23 Texas Longhorns, No. 27 Baylor Bears, No. 41 TCU Horned Frogs, and No. 42 West Virginia Mountaineers. If you’re counting, that’s eight Big 12 teams receiving votes.
The poll appearance is a first for the young program which first played official games in 2016 before beginning Big 12 play in 2017. The Wildcats are 3-0-0 early in the season, with shutout victories over Saint Louis, Oakland, and Drake, all at home. The level of competition ramps up this week, as the Wildcats hit the road to play at No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos on Thursday night. That’s a huge opportunity for K-State soccer to show what they can do.
You can see the full poll results here.