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Point Park men's soccer moves up to top spot in NAIA Unaffiliated Conference rating

Oct. 11, 2011

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NAIA CONFERENCE RANKINGS (Oct. 10, 2011)

PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer team moved up to the No. 1 spot in the weekly rankings for the NAIA Unaffiliated Conference Grouping consisting of the American Mideast Conference, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

With its overall record of 8-2-1, Point Park is viewed this week as the top team in the three conferences, which are being grouped together in an Unaffiliated Grouping. The Pioneers moved up two spots from last week when they were rated as the third-best team.

Point Park is atop the weekly rankings at 8-2-1 followed by Asbury (8-2-2) of the KIAC and Roberts Wesleyan (6-6-1) of the AMC.

Every Monday, the NAIA releases conference rankings, which are voted on by league coaches. The AMC, the KIAC and the Gulf Coast are being considered a conglomerate conference this season. That's because each of those leagues falls short of the required six teams to be recognized as a league that receives an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.

The AMC and KIAC each have five teams, and the Gulf Coast has two teams. Among those 12 schools, one will be qualified out of the Unaffiliated Grouping to the NAIA national tournament.

The AMC will hold a four-team playoff on Nov. 4-5. The two semifinal games will be Nov. 4 followed by the championship game Nov. 5. The KIAC with its five teams and the Gulf Coast with its two teams will hold a combined tournament Nov. 4-5.

The AMC champion and the KIAC/Gulf Coast champion will meet in a one-match playoff on Nov. 12 at the neutral site of Walsh University. The winner of that match will qualify for the opening round of the NAIA national tournament Nov. 19.