RedStorm slips to No. 5 in latest NAIA poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On the heels of a tie with Indiana University East on Saturday, the University of Rio Grande dropped a pair of positions in the latest NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released Tuesday night.
The RedStorm (8-1) dropped from third to fifth after finishing with 438 points in the balloting of a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
Rio defeated Ohio Christian last Thursday before finishing in a 2-2 deadlock with the Red Wolves on Saturday – a tie that snapped a 33-game home winning streak which dated back to Sept. 2014.
The RedStorm will look to rebound on Saturday night when West Virginia University-Tech visits Evan E. Davis Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The game is a rematch of last year’s River States Conference Tournament title game and features the two teams currently tied for first place in the RSC.
William Carey (Miss.) picked up a pair of wins to remain atop the poll for a third straight week. The Crusaders (9-0-0) collected 17 of the 18 first-place votes and had 498 points in the balloting.
Missouri Valley grabbed the remaining first-place vote and totaled 482 points, while Oklahoma Wesleyan, Baker (Kan.) and Rio Grande rounded out the top five.
Columbia (Mo.) had the biggest jump of the week, moving from 21st to 17th, while MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) suffered the biggest drop by falling from ninth to 25th.
Grand View (Iowa) was the only school to join the Top 25 this week, with The Masters (Calif.) falling from the list.
Jones earns RSC weekly honor
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – University of Rio Grande senior Jenna Jones keyed the RedStorm defense in two victories to claim River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 2-8.
A defender from Lancaster, Ohio, Jones led Rio Grande to wins of 3-0 over Ohio Christian and 3-2 in overtime over IU East. She scored a goal in each game and also assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime versus IU East.
The pair of victories pushed the RedStorm to 4-0 RSC and and 6-5 overall. Rio Grande hosts Union for its next game on Wednesday.