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TACOMA, Wash. -The Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer team made its debut in the national rankings on Tuesday, climbing to 23rd in the first regular season installment of the United Soccer Coaches' NCAA Division III Top 25 Poll.
The Lutes (3-1) are one of 11 teams to crack into the Top 25 in the first regular season poll and are the lone Northwest Conference institution to be represented in the rankings. Washington University in Saint Louis (4-0) remains the nation's top squad while the University of Chicago (4-0) climbs one spot to No. 2. William Smith College (3-0) is third while Williams College (3-0) and The College of New Jersey (2-0) round out the top five rankings.
Pacific Lutheran additionally sits fourth in the West Region rankings, one of two NWC squads ranked in the Top 10. Texas-based Trinity University (3-1) sits atop the West followed by Hardin-Simmons University (4-0) and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (2-2). Crosstown nemesis University of Puget Sound (1-1), the only other NWC team in the poll, ranks seventh.
PLU's rise into the polls comes after blanking a pair of in-state foes on East Field over the weekend. The Lutes blasted Evergreen State College 2-0 on Friday before shutting out Division II Saint Martin's University 2-0 on Sunday.
The defending NWC Champion Lutes open up their title defense on Saturday, hosting league rival Pacific University at noon.