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Point Park men's soccer moves up two spots to No. 21 in NAIA Top 25 Poll

Oct. 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. ET

Point Park defender Matt Buckley in the win over No. 19 Northwestern Ohio Sept. 13, 2014. Photo by Chris Squier.

NAIA TOP 25 (OCT. 7)


PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's soccer moved up two spots to No. 21 in the nation in the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll released by the national office on Tuesday.

The Pioneers (6-2, 2-0 KIAC) now have the highest national ranking in program history. Point Park has been ranked in all three Top 25 polls so far this year after debuting at No. 22 two weeks ago for their first-ever appearance in the national ratings.

Point Park has won six of its last seven games and is in first place in the KIAC, which is one of six conference around the country with multiple ranked teams. In addition to Point Park at No. 21, the KIAC has No. 4 Rio Grande (7-1-2, 1-1 KIAC) in second place after losing to the Pioneers, 2-1, Sept. 20.

The Pioneers moved up from No. 23 after a 5-0 victory over Cincinnati Christian last Saturday, its only game of the week. It was the first time Point Park men's soccer ever played a game as a nationally ranked team.

The two-spot improvement in the poll was one of the bigger jumps in this week's rankings. Only No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan (9-1) and No. 19 Northwestern Ohio (6-2-1) experienced bigger jumps as they each moved up three spots.

Point Park is 2-0 this year versus teams that are currently ranked in the Top 25 with 2-1 victories over both No. 4 Rio Grande and No. 19 Northwestern Ohio.

The next poll will be released Oct. 14. The rankings are voting on by a panel of head coaches representing the conferences around the country.

Point Park's next game is Saturday at Shawnee State (2-7-2) for an NAIA non-conference game at 3 p.m. Live Stats will be available courtesy of SSU.

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