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Men's Soccer Ranked 24th Nationally

The Kalamazoo College men's soccer team.
Photo by Kimberly Moss

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo College men's soccer team has worked its way into the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 National Poll as the Hornets are now in a tie for 24th in NCAA Division III.

Kalamazoo is now 6-1-1 on the season as it prepares for MIAA play following a successful start to 2019. The Hornets have now won four straight contests including a 1-0 victory over North Park University who was then ranked No. 18. 

The Hornets have outscored their opponents 15-3 on the season as sophomore Luke Kastran and freshman Sean Ellis have been stellar in goal. The duo, led by Kastran, are first and second in the MIAA in save percentage, goals-against average, and goals allowed on the season. The three goals allowed this season are tied for second-best in NCAA III as the Hornets have allowed just .357 goals against per game which is the third-best mark nationally.

Ben Meschke has led the Hornet offense thus far as his six goals are the third-highest in the MIAA. His 13 points this season pace Kalamazoo and position him sixth in the conference. 

Kalamazoo has received goals from a plethora of other players this season including two from junior Dahwi Kim and freshman Tony Yazbeck

Kalamazoo is also ranked third in the United Soccer Coaches Central Region Poll behind just Calvin University and the University of Chicago. 

"Obviously a national ranking is a recognition of the work that our team has been putting in all year," said Head Coach Lumumba Shabazz. "I love that they are being honored in this way because that means they are living up to some of the goals that they have set for themselves. Make no mistake about it though, recognition like this is really just an invitation to do more, to be better, and not get complacent. The real work has only now begun."

That real work begins for Kalamazoo on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Adrian for its MIAA opener after over two weeks off due to a postponement against Chicago. The Hornets will then return home for five-straight home MIAA matches beginning with Hope on Saturday, Oct. 12.