MARIETTA, Ga. – In the second NAIA Men’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) of 2012, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team is ranked No. 9 nationally. In the first MRPI released on Sept. 26, Southern Polytechnic was seventh.
Southern Poly posted a MRPI of .795841 in this week’s index. Defending national champion Lindsey Wilson College is atop of the ratings at .914724, followed by Auburn University at Montgomery (.901533), Concordia University Irvine (.881042), the University of Rio Grande (.878396), the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (.873496), Columbia (Mo.) College (.849265), MidAmerica Nazarene University (.816973) and Belhaven University (.798501). Rounding out the Top 10 is Missouri Valley College at .768721. The Hornets, along with Auburn Montgomery and Belhaven, are members of the Southern States Athletic Conference. The entire index can be viewed at naia.org.
The MRPI consists of a team’s modified winning percentage, its opponents’ winning percentage and the cumulative ranking 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 polls. First adopted in 2010, the MRPI is used to select the at-large qualifying teams for the NAIA national tournament and to seed the 32-team field. The final MRPI is announced on Nov. 11.
SPSU, ranked 12th in the country in this week’s NAIA coaches’ poll, is 10-3-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the SSAC. Southern Poly plays its final regular-season home game this Saturday against conference rival Lee University on Senior Day. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Nuesoft Technologies Field with the Hornets’ three senior players – Dennis Kramer, Emeka Maduka and Andre Santos – being recognized prior to the contest.