The United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the NSCAA) released their last set of rankings before the 2018 season kicks off later this month. For those who aren’t that familiar with college soccer, the NCAA basically works off of two different ranking systems: RPI and the rankings put out by United Soccer Coaches.
The Notre Dame men’s team are ranked 17th in this edition of the United Soccer Coaches rankings and the women are ranked 14th. In RPI, the men are ranked 14th and the women 17th (as confusing as that is).
Here’s the complete men’s top 25...
And here’s the women’s top 25...
The men’s team are coming off of a season where they finished 12th in the final rankings following a loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament. They face a new challenge this season in the first year under head coach Chad Riley. Bobby Clark retired after 17 years as ND’s head coach at the end of last season. The men play their first regular season game against Saint Louis in South Bend on Friday, August 24th.
The women’s team ended their season last year in the third round of the NCAA tournament, their 25th consecutive trip to the big dance. The Irish had a final United Soccer Coaches ranking of 18 in 2017. The women are also in a transition year with Nate Norman entering his first year at the helm of that program. The women play their first regular season game at home on Thursday, August 6th against Central Michigan.
Hopefully both programs can turn in great seasons and finish with higher rankings than they started. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time an Irish team was underestimated by something with the initials USC, would it?