2014 Men?s Soccer Modified RPI ? No. 2
By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rio Grande (Ohio) lands in the No. 1 position in the second installment of the 2014 NAIA Men's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI), announced by the national office on Wednesday. The No. 1 MRPI ranking is the fourth all-time for the RedStorm, which is the most for any program since the inception of MRPI in 2010.
Following Rio Grande in the top five is No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 3 Davenport (Mich.), No. 4 Grand View (Iowa) and No. 5 Ashford (Iowa). Davenport held the top spot in the first MRPI edition on Oct. 1, but dropped a 1-0 match to unranked Aquinas (Mich.) on Oct. 15 in a recent stretch.
With a 10-1-2 overall record, Rio Grande is also ranked No. 1 in the latest version of the Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced on Tuesday. The RedStorm won their sixth-straight with a 7-0 blanking of Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday.
No. 21 Union (Ky.) is the highest mentioned team in the MRPI that was not ranked in the most recent Coaches’ Top 25 poll.
Since 2010, the following teams have held the No. 1 position in a MRPI poll: Rio Grande (4), Hastings (Neb.) (3), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (2), former member Simon Fraser (B.C.) (2), Auburn Montgomery (1), Davenport (1), Grand View (1) and Mobile (Ala.) (1).
Rio Grande is one-of-four teams to earn a position in each of the 15 MRPI rankings since it was introduced in 2010. The other squads include Hastings, Kansas Wesleyan and Lindsey Wilson. Falling out of the Top 30, Belhaven (Miss.) had its streak snapped at 14-straight MRPI mentions.
There are five newcomers to the MRPI this week: No. 19 Mobile (Ala.), No. 25 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), No. 27 Cal State San Marcos, No. 28 Bethel (Tenn.) and No. 29 Hope International (Calif.). Of that group, Lindenwood-Belleville and Hope International are appearing for the first time in school history, since the MRPI began in 2010.
The MRPI consists of the team’s modified winning percentage, their opponents’ winning percentage and the cumulative ratings points from the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Each of the three values has a weighted percentage calculated in the MRPI. The MRPI modifies the value of home/away/neutral results and adds more value for games against opponents ranked in their respective national poll.
For a complete description of the MRPI formula, go to Appendix D in the Soccer Coaches’ Manual, or click here.
The MRPI—first adopted in 2010—will select the at-large qualifying teams and seed the 32-team national championship opening round field. For a complete NAIA Men’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index calendar, click here. The third and final MRPI will be announced on Nov. 16.
For the complete MRPI, click here.
2014 Men’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) – No. 2
|1||Rio Grande (Ohio)||0.889958|
|2||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||0.844537|
|4||Grand View (Iowa)||0.818855|
|8||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||0.773611|
|12||Texas at Brownsville||0.734412|
|14||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||0.721244|
|20||Science & Arts (Okla.)||0.647238|
|22||William Carey (Miss.)||0.638333|
|23||Point Park (Pa.)||0.621617|
|24||Great Falls (Mont.)||0.589174|
|26||St. Andrews (N.C.)||0.548663|
|27||Cal State San Marcos||0.542585|
|29||Hope International (Calif.)||0.514881|