Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following a shutout loss at the University of Mobile on Saturday, the University of Rio Grande fell three positions in the first regular season version of the 2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
The RedStorm (2-1) received 361 points and fell from second to fifth in the balloting by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
Head coach Scott Morrissey's team, which has the second-longest current streak of Top 25 appearances with 100, is scheduled to return to action on Saturday night at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Oklahoma Wesleyan jumped five spots to claim the No. 1 ranking. With 14 first place votes and 464 points, the Eagles earned their ninth top ranking in school history.
Defending national champion and preseason No. 1, Hastings (Neb.), dropped to No. 4 after going 2-1-0 to start the year. After a loss to Benedictine (Kan.), the Broncos bounced back with a win over No. 4 Northwestern Ohio.
No. 2 William Carey (Miss.) and No. 3 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) were also able to jump five spots, with each a 3-0-0 record.
Six different teams moved into the Top 25 for the first time in 2017 this week. Missouri Valley made the biggest jump, going from Receiving Votes to the No. 8 spot.
Benedictine (Kan.) was Receiving Votes in the Preseason Poll, but is now No. 15 following its upset of No. 1 Hastings (Neb.).