Coaches tab Rio men’s soccer as KIAC favorite

Randy Payton Special to OVP

August 15, 2014

BEREA, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande men’s soccer team leads the way on the 2014 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll released on Thursday.

The RedStorm received three first-place votes and 15 points in the balloting of the league’s five coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own squad.

Rio Grande returns a number of players from last year’s squad, which won the Mid-South Conference tournament championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NAIA national tournament, including junior forward Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil).

Point Park University, which lost to Rio Grande in the opening round of last year’s national tourney, finished just behind the RedStorm in the balloting with the remaining two first-place votes and 14 points.

Rounding out the balloting was Asbury University (10 pts.), Bresica University (7) and Cincinnati Christian University (4).

The 2014 men’s soccer season begins later this month. The KIAC Tournament, which will also include Talladega (AL) University, will take place in November.

Rio Grande will kickoff its 2014 schedule at St. Xavier (IL) on Friday, Aug. 22.