FIU Soccer Hopes To Climb The Ranks Heading Into Kentucky

Dalton Tevlin/Sports Director

The FIU Panthers currently sit at 13th in the NCAA rankings and they are looking to climb that ladder heading into their matchup against 19th ranked Kentucky. 

Although the Panthers haven’t cracked the top 10, the case could be made that they are among the best 10 teams in the country. 

The high-powered FIU offense currently sits at number three in the nation in scoring, averaging 3.22 goals a game. 

Midfielder Alessandro Campoy has played like a true number 10 this season, leading the team with 12 total points to start the season. Although Campoy has been the high man on offense, many of his teammates are not far behind. 

The Panthers have seen contributions all throughout their roster. Everyone from senior Andrew Booth to freshman sensation Stephen Afrifa has been fantastic attacking opposing defense. 

Afrifa, the midfielder from Canada, has contributed three points and two assists coming in as a substitute. He has been a great weapon for Coach Kevin Nylen and his teammate Inigo Sagarduy says he has the confidence of a senior already in his young career. 

Kentucky has had a good start to the season, sitting at 6-1-2. The Wildcats have played stout defense so far this season with five of their wins coming by shutout. It will be a good test for the third-ranked Panther offense. 

This will also be a conference matchup between the two as the Panthers hope to continue to build a lead on ninth-ranked conference rival Charlotte.  

The Panthers will be at traveling to Lexington to take on the Wildcats Sunday, Oct. 13th at 6 p.m as FIU hopes to continue climbing the national ranks.  

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