NEW YORK -- After taking over the top spot in the Ivy League on Saturday with a victory over Princeton, and extending its unbeaten streak to eight matches with a 2-0 shutout of Manhattan on Monday, the Columbia University women's soccer team has started to garner national attention.
The Lions received six votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll, which was released on Tuesday, and is the only Ivy League school that has received national votes. Columbia has the 11th-most votes in the "Also Receiving Votes" category, essentially putting the team at 36th in the nation.
Columbia also ranks as the top Ivy League school in the regional rankings, according to the NSCAA. The Lions sit in third place in the Mid-Atlantic region, behind No. 22 Hofstra (whom Columbia lost to in double-overtime, 1-0) and Dayton, who is also receiving votes in the national poll.
The Lions will look to continue their hot streak, and tie a program record for consecutive matches without a loss, on Saturday, Oct. 23 against Dartmouth. Columbia reeled off nine straight matches without a loss in 1998 (7-0-2).
Kickoff with the Big Green at Columbia Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m., with a brief ceremony honoring the team's four seniors -- Lauren Cooke, Lindsay Danielson, Kelly Hostetler and Keri Nobil -- taking place prior to the match.