Men's soccer enters NCAA tournament at No. 22 in poll

Men's soccer enters NCAA tournament at No. 22 in poll

The Oglethorpe men's soccer team dropped four spots to No. 22 in the final Men's Top 25 prior to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship, released Wednesday by the website. It marked the fourth straight week in which the Stormy Petrels were ranked in the poll, and their fifth week in the poll overall in 2019. They topped out at No. 13 -- and third in the coaches' poll -- on Sept. 10.

The top-seeded Petrels advanced to their third SAA title game in a row with a 2-1 win over fourth-seeded Berry on Friday in the SAA Men's Soccer Championship, but fell 4-3 in extra time to second-seeded Centre in the final on Sunday. Those results moved them to 14-4 on the season. The team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, though, marking their third appearance in program history and their second in the past three seasons. They'll take on Gettysburg Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in their first-round matchup from Lexington, Virginia. If victorious in that game, they'll advance to Sunday's second round at the same site against either host Washington and Lee or North Carolina Wesleyan.

Oglethorpe served as one of two SAA teams in the poll, with Centre jumping them and settling at the No. 21 position. Other ranked teams on the Petrels' schedule included No. 11 Washington and Lee, No. 15 Roanoke and No. 20 Claremont-M-S.

Calvin overtook Amherst for the top spot with 12 of a possible 21 first-place votes. That dropped Amherst, who held onto three first-place votes, to No. 4. Tufts and Johns Hopkins slid up to second and third, receiving four first-place votes and a single first-place vote, respectively. Kenyon garnered the other top nod and stayed put at fifth. Messiah, Oneonta, Chicago, John Carroll, and Franklin and Marshall rounded out the top 10.