Hawkeyes fall out of Soccer America Poll, drop in conference standings

It was, as we say, a rough weekend for the Iowa soccer team.

The Hawkeyes dropped the first of the two games — a 1-0 loss to Maryland and then another 1-0 loss to No. 25 Rutgers.

Those two losses put Iowa at 3-2 in conference play with a 8-3 record overall. The Hawkeyes also dropped out of the Soccer America poll after being ranked No. 13 last week. They managed to drop out of the Top Drawer Soccer poll as well.

Their RPI ranking took a huge hit as well- they fell from No. 68 to No. 84. To top things off, they are also no longer receiving any votes in the NSCAA coaches poll.

A quick look at the Big Ten Standings:

 

 

Conference Overall
  W-L-T % Pts. W-L-T %
Penn State 5-0-0 1.000 15 10-1-0 .909
Wisconsin 4-1-0 .800 12 10-1-0 .909
Michigan 4-1-0 .800 12 8-3-0 .727
Illinois 4-2-0 .667 12 9-3-0 .750
Rutgers 3-1-1 .700 10 7-1-1 .833
Iowa 3-2-0 .600 9 8-3-0 .727
Minnesota 3-2-0 .600 9 6-5-0 .546
Maryland 2-2-1 .500 7 4-4-2 .500
Ohio State 2-3-0 .400 6 5-6-0 .455
Purdue 2-4-0 .333 6 6-5-1 .542
Nebraska 1-2-2 .400 5 5-4-2 .546
Indiana 1-5-0 .167 3 5-7-0 .417
Michigan State 0-4-1 .100 1 6-4-1 .591
Northwestern 0-5-1 .083 1 4-6-2 .417

The Hawkeyes now find themselves in the middle of the pack — a far cry from their time spent tied with Penn State at the top of the conference. Looking forward, Iowa plays Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin in a seven-day stretch between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8. The weakest of those teams — the Spartans — still are ranked 30 RPI spots ahead of the Hawkeyes, despite Iowa owning a better record.

Oh, and Michigan is ranked No. 51 in RPI and Wisconsin is No. 12.

It’ll take something special for Iowa to get out of this stretch with any conference points and while not impossible- it certainly could get very ugly, very quickly.

LINKS:

Maybe Iowa does need to go on the road?

Slow second half stymies Hawks

Injuries and slow starts still an issue

Box score vs. Maryland (via Hawkeye Sports)

Box score vs. Rutgers (via Hawkeye Sports)

 

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