RedStorm men’s soccer stays No. 2 in Top 25

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the fourth consecutive week, the University of Rio Grande is ranked second in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll.

The national office made the announcement Tuesday evening.

The RedStorm, who cruised to wins over Marian (Ind.) and Ohio Christian University last week, received one first-place vote and 511 points in the balloting of a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.

Rio Grande (11-1) returns to action on Thursday night, taking on No. 13 West Virginia University Tech at the YMCA/Phil Cline Memorial Complex in Beckley, W.Va. in a key River States Conference matchup.

The Golden Bears (11-1-1) moved up three positions in this week’s poll.

Oklahoma Wesleyan remained locked into the No. 1 spot this week after receiving the remaining 18 first-place votes and 529 total points.

The remainder of the top five was unchanged, with No. 3 Hastings (Neb.), No. 4 Thomas (Ga.) and fifth-ranked Davenport (Mich.) completing the list.

Two schools slipped out of the Top 25 this week – Biola (Calif.) and Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) — and were replaced by No. 17 Hope International (Calif.) and No. 24 Southwestern Christian (Okla.).

No. 19 Cumberland (Tenn.) and No. 21 William Carey (Miss.) both improve the best within the poll with a four-spot jump.

Conversely, No. 20 Vanguard (Calif.) tumbled down eight positions for the worst fall.

Fourteen of the 19 conferences are represented this week.

The Appalachian Athletic Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference each send three teams each into the Top 25, the most of any conference.

Overall, seven leagues — including the River States Conference — send multiple teams into the Top 25.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director for the University of Rio Grande

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing