LIONS KINGS OF CIS SOCCER JUNGLE

OTTAWA, Ont. – The York University Lions top both the CIS women’s and men’s soccer coaches polls this week.

York is the first school to lead both national rankings simultaneously since UBC and McGill both pulled off the feat early in the 2005 season.

It also marks the first No. 1 ranking in history for the Lion women, while the York men spent two weeks at the top last year.

On the women’s side, the 2007 CIS finalist Lions (2-0-0) take over at No. 1 from the reigning national champion Cape Breton Capers (1-0-0) following an impressive opening weekend that saw them beat Guelph 3-1 and dominate Waterloo 5-0.

York, which dropped a 2-1 decision to Cape Breton in last year’s CIS championship game, was led by sophomore forward Stefania Morra of Scarborough, Ont., who kicked off the campaign with back-to-back hat tricks. Morra was named CIS rookie of the year last season after she led the nation with 19 goals in 14 conference games.

The Montreal Carabins (2-0-0) also leapfrog past Cape Breton in the new rankings, with the Capers having to settle for third place.

Montreal got things rolling with a 1-0 shutout of defending Quebec champion Laval and a 6-0 domination of Bishop’s, while Cape Breton blanked UPEI 1-0 in its only outing of opening week.

Rounding out the new national coaches poll are No. 4 UBC (1-0-1), No. 5 Ottawa (2-0-1), No. 6 Manitoba (2-0-0), No. 7 Victoria (1-1-0), No. 8 Laval (1-1-0), No. 9 McGill (0-0-0), and Laurier (2-0-0) and Acadia (1-0-1), tied for the 10th and final spot.

On the men’s side, York (2-0-0) also takes over at No. 1 from the defending national champions, the UBC Thunderbirds (0-0-2).

The Lions, who took fourth place at last year’s CIS championship and opened the new season at No. 4, were dominant in week one, rolling over Guelph, 5-0, and Waterloo, 3-0.

Meanwhile, UBC falls all the way to No. 5 after opening the Canada West schedule with a pair of draws, 2-2 against Saskatchewan and 0-0 versus Alberta.

Laval (1-0-1) remains in second place in the poll, with No. 3 Trinity Western (2-0-0) and No. 4 Carleton (3-0-0) also moving ahead of the reigning CIS champions.

Rounding out the second men’s soccer Top 10 of the season are No. 6 Saint Mary’s (1-0-0), No. 7 Toronto (3-0-0), No. 8 Western Ontario (1-1-1), No. 9 Montreal (0-0-1) and No. 10 Cape Breton (0-0-1).

Source: CIS Communications
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