RedStorm remains No. 5 in NAIA soccer poll

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Rio Grande maintained its hold on the No. 5 position in the latest NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released Tuesday afternoon by the national office.

The RedStorm picked up one first-place vote and tallied 431 points in the balloting of a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.

Rio Grande (11-0), which posted shutout wins over Cincinnati Christian University and Brescia University last week, is scheduled to return to action on Thursday when West Virginia University-Tech visits Evan E. Davis Field for an important River States Conference contest.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Evan E. Davis Field.

The Golden Bears were the only other RSC to receive mention in poll – as they’ve done for six consecutive weeks – with 53 points for the equivalent of 27th place.

Tech is coached by former Rio Grande standout Oliver Hewitt-Fisher.

William Carey (Miss.) continues as the top-ranked team in the poll, although barely, after receiving nine of the 18 first-place votes and 490 points in the balloting.

Oklahoma Wesleyan remained No. 2 after grabbing the eight remaining first-place nods and 489 points.

The remainder of the top five includes the University of Mobile (465 pts.), Hastings, Neb. (440 pts.) and Rio Grande.

The University of Northwestern Ohio, Southern Oregon and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) made the biggest jumps of the week, going from unranked to 23rd, 24th and 25th, respectively.

Menlo (Calif.) had the biggest drop for the week among the Top 25 teams, slipping from 16th to 22nd.

Westmont (Calif.), Columbia (Mo.), and Madonna (Mich.) were the three teams to drop off the Top 25 list.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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

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