Monday, August 16, 2010
Scoreless Draw & National Rankings
Eastern Illinois women's soccer was the first Panther team to open its season today with a scoreless exhibition draw against Drake. The Panthers will open the regular season this Friday at home against IUPUI. Start time is 4 p.m. at Lakeside Field.
Men's soccer will take to the pitch on Wednesday with a 5 p.m. exhibition against Saint Xavier. The Panthers will also play an intrasquad game on Sunday at 5 p.m. following the women's second match of the season against Evansville.
EIU football will open the season nationally ranked as the Panthers landed at No. 18 in the preseason poll released by the Sports Network. TSN has joined with Fathead.com to present this year's Top 25. EIU finished last season at No. 19 in that poll. TSN is one of two major polls covering FCS action, the other is the FCS Coaches poll which will be released next week. Ranked in the mid-teens is just about where I had the Panthers slated to land in the preseason rankings. I get a weekly vote and I had EIU at No. 14. Villanova - the defending National Champ - was an overwhelming No. 1 choice.
By the way Iowa, EIU's season opening opponent - is ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. 19 days until kick off.