Men's soccer receives first-ever NAIA top 25 ranking

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Anthony O'Garro

Anthony O'Garro

Sept. 23, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. - In the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' (NAIA) fourth top 25 men's soccer poll of the season, the Shorter College Hawks enter in at No. 24, marking the first time in the history of the program that the team has been ranked. The Hawks received 128 points, the second most of any team in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC).

"It's a first for us and a great sign of how far we've come," said head coach Josh Severns. "There's still a lot of games to be played and we want to keep improving each practice and each game."

Shorter is currently 5-1 overall this season, with a perfect 4-0 conference record. They are on a four-game winning streak going into Wednesday's home game against conference foe (and receiving votes in the poll) Lee University.

"It's good to get the recognition for the teams and the players, but it's early in the season and we need to stay focused as a team and as a program," added Severns. "We need to have the drive and determination to keep moving forward."

Rio Grande (Ohio) moves up from No. 2 to grab the top spot in the poll. Auburn University-Montgomery is the only other team from the SSAC in the top 25, ranked 7th with 476 points.

Shorter College Men's Soccer
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