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Sept. 12, 2006

The South Carolina men’s soccer team (5-1-0) leaped to No. 10 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll. The Gamecocks, who have won five straight games, were the biggest mover in this week’s poll, up 11 spots from No. 21.

The Gamecocks are one of two Conference USA teams ranked in the top 10 and four among the nation’s top 25. SMU (6-0-0), the coaches’ preseason choice win the league, took over the No. 1 spot. Unbeaten Kentucky (5-0-1) jumped six spots into a tie for 16th. Memphis (4-0-1) rounds out the poll at No. 25.

South Carolina’s next match is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, when the Davidson Wildcats visit Columbia. The men’s match will follow a contest between the Carolina women’s team and Jacksonville State that will kick off at Noon at Stone Stadium. All kids who wear a youth soccer jersey to the game receive $1 admission.

NSCAA Top 25 Poll – Sept. 12, 2006
1. SMU
2. Clemson
3. Virginia
4. Washington
5. Duke
6. Maryland
7. Santa Clara
8. West Virginia
9. Indiana
10. South Carolina
11. San Francisco
T-12. Notre Dame
T-12. Wake Forest
T-14. Kentucky
T-14. Fordham
16. North Carolina
17. Fairleigh Dickinson
18. Illinois-Chicago
19. Boston
20. Old Dominion
21. South Florida
T-22. Massachusetts
T-22. UC Santa Barbara
24. Virginia Tech
25. Memphis