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Point Park chosen 2nd in KIAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Aug. 20, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ET

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Point Park senior Max Flick. Photo by Chris Squier. 

FLORENCE, Ky. – Point Park University was picked to finish second in the 2015 KIAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll announced by the conference office. The Pioneers are one spot behind preseason favorite the University of Rio Grande.

Point Park, which was 15-3 overall, 4-0 KIAC last year, is also mentioned in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll in the “others receiving votes” section at No. 29 overall. The Pioneers are mentioned in the poll for the 11th straight time.

Rio Grande (16-2-2, 3-1 KIAC) is the defending KIAC Tournament champion and edged out Point Park in the voting conducted by the seven KIAC men’s soccer head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team. Rio Grande received five of the seven first-place votes and totaled 35 points in the poll.  The RedStorm are ranked preseason No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25.

Point Park was picked second this year after garnering 31 points in the poll and the other two remaining first-place votes. They lost to Rio Grande, 3-2, in the KIAC Tournament finals in a game played at Asbury (Ky.). Earlier in the year, Point Park beat Rio Grande on its way to the KIAC regular season championship.

West Virginia Tech is a new KIAC member this year and is picked third with 26 points. The Golden Bears were 17-1-1 last year and the won their second-consecutive national championship in the USCAA. WVU Tech was formerly an NAIA independent institution before this year.

Asbury (Ky.) University was picked fourth this preseason and is coming off a nine-win season and a trip to the KIAC Tournament semifinals in 2014. The Eagles earned 22 points in the voting.

The rest of the preseason poll had Cincinnati Christian (8-11 in 2014) in fifth place with 12 points, conference newcomer Ohio Christian (14-9) in sixth with 11 points and Brescia (Ky.) (4-14) in seventh with 10 points. Ohio Christian is new to the NAIA but is coming off a national runner-up season in the NCCAA last year.

The 2015 KIAC men's soccer season begins Aug. 22. Every KIAC team plays each other once in the regular season, and the top six teams in the standings qualify for the KIAC Tournament Nov. 7-14. The higher seed in each playoff matchup will serve as the host team for each game all the way through to the finals.

The KIAC Tournament champion will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship beginning Nov. 21 with the Opening Round and continuing with the final site Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at Delray Beach, Fla.

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2015 KIAC MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES' POLL (Aug. 14)

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

School

Points

1. Rio Grande (5)

35

2. Point Park (Pa.) (2)

31

3. West Virginia Tech

26

4. Asbury (Ky.)

22

5. Cincinnati Christian

12

6. Ohio Christian

11

7. Brescia (Ky.)

10