Sep 23, 2013 10:37 PM
SAN LUIS OBISPO - The Cal Poly men's soccer program earned its first national ranking in four years on Monday morning with the Mustangs checking in at No. 23 in the Sept. 23 edition of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25 poll while, individually, senior defender Connor Drechsler was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team Of The Week.
Cal Poly (6-2-0), enjoying a four-match winning streak solidified by recent victories against San Francisco (2-0; Sept. 20) and Yale (3-2; Sept. 22), is ranked in a national poll for the first time since being selected No. 23 in the preseason edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Poll.
Cal Poly's current winning streak is its longest since winning five successive from Sept. 2-21, 2012. During its four-match winning streak, Cal Poly has scored 14 goals - the program's best offensive production over a four-match span since totaling 14 to open the 1995 season.
Fueling Cal Poly's success has been Drechsler, who scored the second goal during Friday's 2-0 shutout of San Francisco and the opening goal in the program's 3-2, come-from-behind, overtime triumph against Yale on Sunday. Drechsler entered his senior season without a collegiate shot on goal, but scored with each of his first three career shots on target this year.
Drechsler is the second Mustang in as many seasons to earn a spot on the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team Of The Week following goalkeeper Wade Hamilton's Oct. 22 selection last year.
Entering Cal Poly's Friday, Sept. 27 match at Air Force, Drechsler ranks third among Mustangs with three goals. Drechsler, who has started all 63 games for Cal Poly in his four-year career, needs just seven additional appearances to become only the sixth Mustang with 70-plus caps.
Following Friday's 6 p.m. match at Air Force, Cal Poly concludes its pre-Big West Conference schedule at Denver on Sunday, Sept. 29.
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