Drury university climbs to No 4 in NSCAA National Top 25 rankings

Current and former Springfield Demize PDL and PASL players make big contributions to Panthers success. Demize PDL & PASL player Mitch Waters has tallied 1 assist and played in every game for the Panthers this season. Alec Nagal, another Demize PDL and PASL standout has 1 goal and has started in 10 of 11 matches. Former PASL player Nick Ammann boast 5 goals and 2 asssits. Brandon Langford, a former Demize PDL player has nine starts and 1 goal this season. 

The Drury men’s soccer Panthers climbed three more spots to No. 4 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches of America Association Top 25 national poll released on Tuesday.

Coach Ryan Swan’s Panthers have won five straight and are 8-1-0 on the season overall, including a 5-1-0 mark in Great Lakes Valley Conference play heading into weekend league matches at Missouri-St. Louis (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) and Maryville (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.).

The No. 4 ranking is Drury’s highest since it reached No. 2 nationally in 2009, when the Panthers finished 21-2 overall and reached the NCAA-II Sweet 16. DU climbed as high as fifth in the poll last season.

Drury now trails only unbeatens Simon Fraser, LIU Post and Rollins in the weekly national poll and is one of three GLVC teams in the rankings, with Lewis coming in at No. 8 and Rockhurst at No. 16. 

The Panthers have outscored their opponents 22-3 through nine matches and rank in the Top 10 in official NCAA Division I statistical leaders in seven categories - third in save percentage (0.90) and goals against average (0.33), fourth in total assists (21.0) and shutout percentage (0.67), sixth in total goals (22.0) and won-loss-tied percentage (0.88) and seventh in total points (65).

Congratulations to the Drury Panthers Men’s Soccer team to a great start to the season.  The Springfield Demize would like to encourage local soccer fans and players to go out and support the Panthers as they continue there season and look to get ready for the GLVC Conference Championships and a potential birth in the NCAA tournament.