In their first week of competition, the Lindenwood – Belleville men's soccer team (2-0) has risen to the national stage. The Lynx are ranked No.1 in the national rankings by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The ranks were released Thursday morning.
“The team has come a long way this year,” said Lynx head coach Dan Hogan. “This time last year, we were trying to figure out how to get into the top 20. This speaks to the clear vision the boys have had toward their goals this season.”
The Lynx have had some outstanding play all year. Scoring leader Tyler Houck has provided an offensive punch, scoring in each of the regular season games this season. Probably the most overlooked aspect of this team’s success has been their defense. Senior defensemen Edwin Estrada and Andrew Saucedo have been a big part of cutting down shots and creating the opportunities on offense.
Also catching praise from the USCAA is the Lady Lynx Volleyball squad. The team finished last week with a record of 5-1. One of those wins came over local rival Southwestern Illinois College.
“I’m really proud of the way our girls have been playing,” said head coach Chrissy Willard, “The fact that all but one of our games in the first week were away is very telling of how focused the girls are right now.”
With these early season rankings, Lindenwood – Belleville is hopeful that the success will continue with these programs and will catch-on with the other sports set to begin play this season.
“We are proud of our accomplishments so far, but I think we can look for more of the same success within our entire athletic department,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Scott Spinner. “All of our programs have been working hard and have the same mindset of success. We hope that this will give the Belleville community another reason to come out and see us compete!"