The Pitt women’s soccer team is off to a strong start to its 2021 season, as it posted a 3-0 shutout of Tulsa last Thursday and knocked off No. 16 Oklahoma State 3-2 on Sunday in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The team’s efforts did not go unnoticed either, as Pitt cracked Top Drawer Soccer’s top 25, coming in at No. 23. And on top of that, the Panthers received 53 votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll on Tuesday.
In the Top Drawer Soccer poll, Pitt went from unranked in Week 1 to No. 23 in Week 2. The team was ranked ahead of No. 24 Oklahoma State, which was ranked No. 17 in Week 1, and No. 25 Brown, which has yet to play.
Pitt is one of six ACC programs included in the Top Drawer poll, as Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina come in at Nos. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, and Duke and Clemson come in at No. 6 and No. 7. No conference has more teams in the ranking than the ACC, and the closest one to the ACC is the SEC, with five.
As for Pitt’s 53 votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll, they place the team on the brink of a top-25 ranking, as the Panthers received more votes than any other unranked team. As a result, Pitt is unofficially the nation’s No. 26 team, according to the United Soccer Coaches.
The ACC also dominates the United Soccer Coaches poll, as Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia come in at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, with Duke at No. 5 and Clemson at No. 9. The SEC once again ranks second to the ACC, with four teams to the ACC’s five. And Pitt could extend the ACC’s lead by notching a few more wins and breaking into the top 25 next week.