(Photo courtesy Walla Walla University)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Rocky Mountain College men’s soccer team moved up 10 positions to No. 10 in this week’s NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced today.

Rocky Mountain has started the season with three consecutive wins. The Battlin’ Bears have outscored their opponents 13-1 in those games.

The Bears received 319 points in this week’s poll and are tied for the No. 10 position with Mobile (Ala.). Oklahoma Wesleyan is the No. 1-ranked team in this week’s poll after earning 14 first-place votes and 464 points.

This is the seventh consecutive poll that Rocky has been ranked inside the top 25 dating back to last season. The No. 10 ranking is the highest for the team since they were eighth in the 2016 preseason poll. This is just the fifth time – all since 2015 – the team has been ranked in the top 10.

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The Bears will return to the pitch on Sunday when they travel to Bismarck, N.D. to face University of Mary at noon.

 

2017 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (Sept. 5)

RK      LW     SCHOOL                                           Rec      Points

1          6          Oklahoma Wesleyan                           2-0       464

2          7          William Carey (Miss.)                        3-0       441

3          8          MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)            3-0       431

4          1          Hastings (Neb.)                                   2-1       420

5          2          Rio Grande (Ohio)                              2-1       391

6          10        Corban (Ore.)                                      3-0       389

7          4          University of Northwestern Ohio       0-1       380

8          NR       Missouri Valley                                  3-0       357

9          16        Campbellsville (Ky.)                          2-0       327

T-10    NR       Mobile (Ala.)                                      2-0       319

T-10    20        Rocky Mountain (Mont.)                    2-0       319

12        17        Baker (Kan.)                                       2-1       308

13        21        Georgia Gwinnett                               2-0       301

14        23        Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)                         2-0       268

15        NR       Benedictine (Kan.)                              2-0       249

16        11        Bryan (Tenn.)                                     2-2       240

17        NR       Vanguard (Calif.)                                4-1       218

18        13        Midland (Neb.)                                   2-1       185

19        NR       St. Thomas (Fla.)                                2-1       167

20        12        Thomas (Ga.)                                      1-2       141

21        15        Union (Ky.)                                         1-1       126

22        22        Menlo (Calif.)                                     1-1       111

23        NR       Dalton State (Ga.)                               2-1       104

T-24    24        Wayland Baptist (Texas)                    2-1       93

T-24    9          Marymount (Calif.)                             0-2       93

 

Dropped from Top 25: Spring Arbor (Mich.), Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.), Grand View (Iowa), WVU Tech, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), John Brown (Ark.)

Others Receiving Votes: Spring Arbor (Mich.) 92; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 62; Grand View (Iowa) 57; Cumberland (Tenn.) 54; UC Merced 35; Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 32; Oklahoma City 31; Tennessee Wesleyan 29; Westmont (Calif.) 27; Madonna (Mich.) 22; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 21; Judson (Ill.) 18; Northwestern (Iowa) 15; Bethel (Ind.) 9; Keiser (Fla.) 9; Bellevue (Neb.) 6; LSU Alexandria 4.

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