RedStorm climbs to No. 4 in NAIA poll


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A hard-fought road win over Indiana Wesleyan University last Saturday, the University of Rio Grande jumped one spot to No. 4 in the latest version of the 2017 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released late Tuesday.

The RedStorm (3-1) tallied 441 points in the balloting of a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.

Head coach Scott Morrissey’s club rebounded from its first of its loss of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats.

Rio Grande is scheduled to open a three-game homestand on Thursday night when Indiana Tech visits Evan E. Davis Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Oklahoma Wesleyan claimed the No. 1 ranking for the second week in a row – and the 10th time in program history – garnering 495 points in voting. The Eagles ran their record to 3-0-1 by defeating No. 4 Hastings (Neb.) and tying No. 8 Missouri Valley.

William Carey (Miss.) remained second, while Missouri Valley jumped five positions – the biggest rise in the balloting – to No. 3. Rio Grande and Corban (Ore.) completed the top five.

Defending national champion Hastings (Neb.) dropped two spots this week to No. 6. The Broncos began the year ranked No. 1, but have gone 4-2-0 since.

The biggest drop of the week came from MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), which slipped four spots from No. 3 to No. 7.

Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Westmont (Calif.) join the Top 25 for the first time in 2017 at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively. Menlo (Calif.) and Thomas (Ga.) fell off the list.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.