After securing its first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season last weekend, the UNCW men’s soccer team continues to climb the regional and national rankings in three different polls.
The Seahawks, who are 6-1-1 on the season, scaled two spots to 13th in the latest Top Drawer Soccer Division I poll and five spots to No. 18 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). UNCW also holds the No. 5 position in the NSCAA Midwest Region rankings.
In addition, UNCW remains in the College Soccer News national rankings and holds the No. 24 position in the website’s Top 30 Poll.
One of three Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the NSCAA Top 25, the Seahawks posted a 1-0 victory against Northeastern in a CAA contest at UNCW Soccer Stadium on Saturday. Elon remains in the NSCAA poll as the 10th-ranked team in the nation, while Hofstra, which suffered a 3-0 loss at Dartmouth, dropped to 23rd in the rankings.
Led by senior forward Colin Bonner (Reservoir H.S./Fulton, Md.) and senior forward Daniel Escobar (Cali, Colombia), the Seahawks boast one of the top offenses in the country. They lead the CAA and rank second in the nation in scoring average (2.88), goals (23) and points (66).
Bonner, a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, tops the CAA and ranks sixth nationally with 17 points after tallying six goals with five assists. Meanwhile, Escobar has scored four goals in the last six games, including the Seahawks’ lone tally in the win over Northeastern, and has contributed 11 points.