No. 20 Point Park men's soccer holds steady in stagnant NAIA Top 25 Poll
Nov. 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Max Flick and the Pioneers have won 10 games in a row and 14 of their last 15. Photo by Chris Squier.
PITTSBURGH -- In an NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll that is very much unchanged from last week, Point Park University remained at No. 20 in the country in the rankings released by the NAIA national office on Tuesday (Nov. 11).
In this week's poll, 17 of the 25 teams remained in the exact same spot they were in last week, and no team moved more than one spot up or down. The top 10 teams remained unchanged.
Point Park (14-2, 4-0 KIAC) is ranked for the eighth week in a row and is No. 20 for the third-consecutive week. The Pioneers have won 14 of their last 15 games since an opening loss to Wheeling Jesuit, 1-0, in which they were without two defensive starters.
Point Park has won 10 games in a row overall and is the No. 2 seed in the KIAC/GCAC Unaffiliated Group Tournament. The Pioneers will play at No. 3 seed Asbury (Ky.) (9-10, 2-2 KIAC) in the playoff semifinals Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. A win there would send Point Park into the tournament finals Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. to play for an automatic qualification to the NAIA national tournament.
The KIAC has teamed with the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to form the KIAC/GCAC Unaffiliated Group Tournament. The five teams from the KIAC and Talladega (Ala.) from the GCAC combine to satisfy the required six teams needed for a conference or group to receive an automatic bid to the NAIA national tournament.
Point Park is the two-time defending KIAC/GCAC Unaffiliated Group Tournament champion. The semifinals and finals of this year's tournament are being hosted by pre-determined host Asbury (Ky.), the No. 3 seed. The higher seed hosted each playoff game all the way through to the finals in past years.
This week's No. 1 team in the NAIA Top 25 is KIAC member Rio Grande (13-1-2, 3-1-1 KIAC), which is the No. 1 seed in the KIAC/GCAC Tournament. The RedStorm will play No. 4 seed Talladega (Ala.) in the other semifinal Nov. 14 for a spot in the finals Nov. 15.
Point Park remains as the only team in the nation to beat top-ranked Rio Grande, a 2-1, KIAC win at home Sept. 20. The Pioneers led that game, 2-0. Rio Grande has the top defense in the nation and has only seven goals against all year.
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