RedStorm No. 3 in final regular season poll


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Rio Grande held on to the No. 3 spot in the final regular season NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released Tuesday night.

The RedStorm (14-1-1) garnered 465 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 squad hasn’t played since posting a 6-1 win over Asbury University on Oct. 28.

Rio Grande will play in the semifinal round of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. against No. 4 West Virginia University-Tech. The RedStorm defeated the Golden Bears in their regular season meeting, 4-0, on Oct. 14 in Rio Grande.

For the seventh straight week, William Carey (Miss.) ended up at the top of the poll. The Crusaders (16-0-0) collected 16 of the 18 first-place votes and had 497 points in the balloting.

Oklahoma Wesleyan stayed at No. 2, grabbing the remaining two first-place votes and tallying 483 points, while Missouri Valley remained at No. 4 behind Rio Grande with 444 points and Baker (Kan.) held on to the fifth position with 426 points.

Columbia (Mo.) had the biggest jump of the week, moving from 17th to 15th, while Rocky Mountain (Mont.) had the biggest fall in the poll by slipping from eighth to 11th.

Bryan (Tenn.) was the only newcomer to join the Top 25 this week at No. 25, while Reinhardt (Ga.) fell from the list.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing