UHV Men’s Soccer Makes NAIA Top 25

First Time Jaguar Men's Team Gets Ranked

UHV men’s soccer makes history Wednesday.

After five straight weeks of receiving votes, the University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer team finally broke into the NAIA Top 25 for the first time in school history on Wednesday.

After capturing both the Red River Athletic conference regular season and tournament titles, the Jaguars are ranked No. 22 in the final regular season NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Jaguars are currently 16-0-3 on the season going into the NAIA National Championships.

The Jaguars had received votes on 23 different occasions in the poll since the program began in 2010 but had never been able to break into the Top 25.

A 3-2 win over previously No. 20 ranked LSU-Shreveport in the RRAC championship game helped propel the Jaguars to their first-ever Top 25 ranking with 139 points.

LSUS dropped out of the Top 25 and received 75 points in the voting the latest poll.

“We’re extremely happy to have the NAIA Top 25 recognition for our team,” said UHV soccer coach Adrian Rigby.

“We’ve heard feedback from coaches all year that we’re an NAIA Top 25 caliber team so it’s great to be recognized. Our coaching staff is especially excited of winning the RRAC Regular and Post Season Tournament to cement our standing in the top 25. Our team is extremely focused and will be prepared as we enter the NAIA National Tournament next week.”

The top five saw a little change with the No. 3 and No. 5 teams switching places in the final poll.

Central Methodist (Mo.) remained at No. 1 receiving 17 first-place votes and 498 points, while Columbia (Mo.) received the other first-place vote and stayed at No. 2 with 482 points. Mobile (Ala.) moved from No. 5 to No. 3, while Westmont (Calif.) stayed at No. 4 and William Carey (Miss.) fell from No. 3 to No. 5.

The Jaguars will find out on Monday who they will face and where they will play in the opening round of the NAIA National Championships.

The winner of the opening round advances to the 61st annual Men’s Soccer National Championship set for Dec. 2-7 at OC Great Park Soccer in Irvine, Calif.

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