BRUNSWICK, Maine - For the first time this season, the Bowdoin College women's soccer team has entered the Division III National Rankings, in the latest national poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Tuesday.
The Polar Bears (7-1-1) enter the poll at #20 after two wins over ranked teams in the last 10 days. Bowdoin knocked off #17 Brandeis 4-0 on September 28 and then defeated previously-unbeaten #13 Trinity 3-0 on October 5. It is the highest ranking for the women's soccer program in over a decade - Bowdoin peaked at #11 during the 2002 season. Bowdoin last appeared in the rankings at #24 late last season.
Bowdoin has outscored its opponents by a cumulative score of 24-3 this fall. The Polar Bears have not allowed a goal in over 360 minutes of play, recording four straight shutouts following their only loss of the season to Middlebury back on September 21.
Second-year head coach Brianne Weaver led the team to a runner-up finish in the NESCAC last fall and the team's first NCAA appearance since 2007. Weaver is 18-5-5 since taking the helm of the Polar Bears prior to last season.
Bowdoin plays a pair of games during Homecoming Weekend, as they clash with Hamilton on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Williams on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.