Texas starters from left, goalie Nicole Curry, Haley Berg, Mikayla Flores and Chelsea Surprise take the field for the start of their game against Rice. The Texas women's soccer team played host to Rice in early season action at Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field Friday evening August 18, 2017. Texas defeated the Owls 2-1. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas soccer climbs into top 10 in all major polls

Posted September 26th, 2017

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Texas soccer continued its climb to national prominence Tuesday, earning the No. 8 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches poll. It is the program’s highest standing in the poll since Sept. 30, 2008.

The Longhorns are ranked as high as No. 7 by Soccer America and are also ranked No. 8 by Top Drawer Soccer. The latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) has Texas at No. 5, down two spots from last week.

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The lofty rankings come on the heels of a massive win for the program over then No. 5-ranked West Virginia on Sunday. Sophomore Cyera Hintzen scored a goal in the 88th minute to send UT past the 2016 national runners-up, snapping a conference record 24-match unbeaten streak for the Mountaineers.

Texas moved to 10-0 on the season and maintained its standing as the last remaining unbeaten, untied team in the country. The Longhorns are 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play, including a 1-0 win over Iowa State on Friday.

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With the team recognition also came some individual accolades. Texas sophomore defender Atu Mshana was selected as Top Drawer Soccer’s national player of the week following the pair of shutouts.

The Big 12 rewarded Texas with all three of its weekly honors going to Hintzen (offensive player of the week), sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Curry (defensive player of the week) and freshman midfielder Haley Berg (freshman of the week).

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