Recent Men's Soccer Headlines
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Thu, Dec. 10, 2015 - [Men's Soccer]

NAIA/Rio Grande Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — National champion University of Rio Grande was a unanimous choice for the top spot for the sixth consecutive time in the final post-season rankings released Wednesday night by the NAIA national office.
    The RedStorm garnered all 18 first-place votes and 498 points in the balloting of head coaches representing each of the NAIA's conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.
    Head coach Scott Morrissey's squad outlasted MidAmerican Nazarene (Kan.), 1-0 in overtime in last Saturday's title game was ranked No. 1 in the poll for the 56th time since 2000 - more than any other NAIA program.
    The RedStorm (23-1), who became the first top seed to win the tourney since Lindsey Wilson in 2009, has been ranked No. 1 in 15 of the past 17 polls going back to the 2014 season and is second nationally with 98 consecutive appearances in the Top 25. Only Lindsey Wilson, which finished No. 24, has more consecutive appearances with 105.

Rio Grande head coach Scott Morrissey was named the NSCAA's NAIA Coach of the Year
Rio Grande head coach Scott Morrissey was named the NSCAA's NAIA Coach of the Year
Thu, Dec. 10, 2015 - [Men's Soccer]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Scott Morrissey, who guided the University of Rio Grande men's soccer team to the second national title in school history last weekend, has been named the 2015 NAIA Men's Soccer National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
    Morrissey, who just completed his 27th season at Rio Grande, will be honored at the NSCAA Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baltimore Convention Center. The event will take place in conjunction with the 69th annual NSCAA Convention, Jan. 13-17 in Baltimore, Md.

Willian Paulino (left) and Ben Martinez (center) were named 1st Team All-American, while Joao Antonio was a 2nd Team pick
Willian Paulino (left) and Ben Martinez (center) were named 1st Team All-American, while Joao Antonio was a 2nd Team pick
Thu, Dec. 10, 2015 - [Men's Soccer]

Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University of Rio Grande junior Willian Paulino was named the NAIA Men's Soccer National Player of the Year on Tuesday and is one of three members of the RedStorm's national championship squad named to the 2015 NAIA Men's Soccer All-America teams.
    Paulino, a forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and freshman goalkeeper Ben Martinez (Montpellier, France) received First Team recognition, while sophomore midfielder Joao Paulo Antonio (Sao Paulo, Brazil), was a Second Team honoree.
    The teams were selected by the NAIA All-America committee, which consists of the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the National Championship Games Committee and four men's soccer coaches who were selected based on geography. Each team - first, second and third - consisted of 11 members.
    Paulino became the first RedStorm player to earn the National Player of the Year award since the its inception in 1997. He helped top-seeded Rio Grande to the 2015 NAIA National Championship title, after a 1-0 overtime victory over MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) on Dec. 5 in Delray Beach, Fla.

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Thu, Dec. 10, 2015 - [Men's Soccer]

NAIA Sports Information
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Seven members of the University of Rio Grande's national champion men's soccer team were among the 382 student-athletes recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
    In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

The Rio men's soccer team poses with the national championship banner after Saturday's win over MidAmerican Nazarene
The Rio men's soccer team poses with the national championship banner after Saturday's win over MidAmerican Nazarene
Sat, Dec. 5, 2015 - [Men's Soccer]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Jeremy de Hoog will never be regarded as one of the most prolific scorers to play men's soccer at the University of Rio Grande.
    He will, however, forever be remembered as someone who delivered one of the most memorable goals in the program's storied history.
    de Hoog scored on a free kick with 4:59 remaining in overtime to give the top-seeded RedStorm a 1-0 win over MidAmerican Nazarene (Kan.) in the title game of the 2015 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship at the Seacrest Soccer Complex.
    The championship was the second national title for Rio Grande, which finished 23-1, and its first since 2003.
    A native of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, de Hoog launched a perfectly-placed bullet from 35 yards out which eluded the outstretched arms of a leaping Juan Pablo Riesco - the MidAmerican Nazarene goalkeeper - and nestled into the upper left corner of the net, touching off a wild on-field celebration.

Freshman Eduardo Zurita scored the lone goal in Rio's 1-0 semifinal victory over Missouri Valley College
Freshman Eduardo Zurita scored the lone goal in Rio's 1-0 semifinal victory over Missouri Valley College
Fri, Dec. 4, 2015 - [Men's Soccer]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Eduardo Zurita's goal with just over 22 minutes remaining snapped a scoreless tie and lifted top-seeded University of Rio Grande to a 1-0 win over No. 4 seed Missouri Valley College in the semifinal round of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship, Friday evening, at a rain-drenched Seacrest Soccer Complex.
    The RedStorm improved to 22-1 with the victory - its 11th in a row - and will face 10th-seeded MidAmerican Nazarene (Kan.) in Saturday's national championship game, which is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
    The Pioneers punched their ticket to the title game by virtue of a 4-2 win over Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) in Friday's second semifinal.