RSC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll picks Asbury (Ky.) as 2019 favorite, IU East second

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2019 River States Conference Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll has predicted Asbury (Ky.) University as the top team for this year. The poll was conducted with voting from the 11 RSC women’s soccer head coaches.

Asbury won the RSC Championship last year posting a record of 10-8-2 overall and 6-2-1 RSC. The Eagles went on to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round after being second place in the RSC regular season. Asbury received 91 total votes in the preseason poll and five of the 11 first-place votes.

IU East was picked second this preseason with 82 votes and four first-place votes. The Red Wolves had the best overall record in the conference last year at 12-4-4 and made it to the RSC finals last year. They were edged out by Asbury on penalty kicks, 7-6, after the game ended, 0-0, after two overtimes.

Point Park (Pa.) was chosen third in the poll coming off its RSC regular-season title of 2018. The Pioneers were 11-8 overall, 7-2 RSC and earned 75 votes in the poll. Carlow (Pa.) was picked fourth with 71 votes after being 9-8-1 overall, 6-2-1 RSC last year. That was good for third place in the standings. University of Rio Grande (Ohio) followed close behind at fifth in the poll. The RedStorm had 70 votes — including one first-place vote — and were fourth place in the conference last year at 5-3-1 RSC.

Ohio Christian University was predicted in sixth place and earned 59 votes. The Trailblazers were 7-7-4 overall, 4-2-3 RSC last year. They are picked to once again take the final postseason spot. WVU Tech received 51 votes to take seventh place in the poll. The Golden Bears received the final first-place vote making it four different teams to be mentioned in the top spot.

Cincinnati Christian University was next in eighth place with 37 votes followed by Midway (Ky.) University in ninth with 31. IU Kokomo, a first-year program for 2019, was chosen 10th with 24 votes followed by Brescia (Ky.) University in 11th  

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

School Votes
1. Asbury (Ky.) (5) 91
2. IU East (4) 82
3. Point Park (Pa.) 75
4. Carlow (Pa.) 71
5. Rio Grande (Ohio) (1) 70
6. Ohio Christian 59
7. WVU Tech (1) 51
8. Cincinnati Christian 37
9. Midway (Ky.) 31
10. IU Kokomo 24
11. Brescia (Ky.) 14



RSC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll picks Rio Grande (Ohio) on top again in 2019, IU East fifth

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2019 River States Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll has picked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) as the conference favorite this upcoming season. The poll was voted on by the 10 RSC men’s soccer head coaches.

Rio Grande is coming off an incredible 2018 season that had the RedStorm post an overall record of 20-1 on the year. The RedStorm, which has won four of the last five RSC Championships, went a perfect 9-0 in the RSC regular season and won another conference tournament title. Rio Grande did not lose until the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship.

Rio Grande received 81 votes in the preseason poll and earned all nine of its possible first-place votes. WVU Tech was picked second in the poll with 73 votes and the remaining first-place vote. WVU Tech suffered a 4-3, overtime loss to Rio Grande in last year’s RSC Championship finals and were 14-2-4 overall, 7-1-1 RSC.

Point Park (Pa.) University was picked third in the poll with 60 votes. The Pioneers went 10-6-1 overall, 5-3-1 RSC and are predicted this year in the same spot they finished 2018. Likewise, Asbury (Ky.) University was chosen fourth in the poll with 56 votes. The Eagles were 9-9-1 overall, 5-3-1 overall for fourth place last year. Continuing the trend was IU East taking fifth in the poll with 48 votes. The Red Wolves took fifth place last year at 10-10 overall, 5-4 RSC on their way to an RSC semifinals appearances.

Midway (Ky.) University was predicted sixth in the poll with 41 votes, and Brescia (Ky.) University was next in seventh place with 37 votes. Brescia (4-4-1 RSC) edged out Midway (4-5 RSC) for the final playoff spot last year and went on to win a quarterfinal game.

Cincinnati Christian University (24 votes), Ohio Christian University (18 votes) and Carlow (Pa.) University (12 votes) rounded out the preseason poll in eighth through 10th place.

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

School Votes
1. Rio Grande (Ohio) (9) 81
2. WVU Tech (1) 73
3. Point Park (Pa.) 60
4. Asbury (Ky.) 56
5. IU East 48
6. Midway (Ky.) 41
7. Brescia (Ky.) 37
8. Cincinnati Christian 24
9. Ohio Christian 18
10. Carlow 12