KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Tuesday, the NAIA released the Preseason Top 25 Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll and the Raven Men's Soccer team will start the season just outside of the Top 25.
Heading into the second year under head coach Miguel Rodrigues, the Ravens earned 46 points in the preseason poll to be the second team listed in the others receiving votes category.
In total, the Heart placed three inside the Top 25 with an additional two in the receiving votes category. The top-ranked Heart team in the preseason is Grand View University at No. 3, followed by MNU at No. 8 and Baker University at No. 17, Missouri Valley College earned five points to join the Ravens in the others receiving votes category.
The Ravens host NCAA Div. II Rockhurst University on Thursday night in an exhibition match to start off their preseason schedule. They open their 2017 campaign on the road on Aug. 30 when they travel to Hastings, Neb., to take on defending NAIA Champion and preseason No. 1 Hastings College.
The Broncos are one of six teams on the schedule this season for the Ravens who earned either a spot in the preseason poll or where listed like Benedictine. The Ravens will host three of the remaining five in (RV) Bellevue University on Sept. 5 in their home opener and Missouri Valley on Sept. 20 in their Heart home opener. Their final home match with a preseason-ranked opponent comes on Sept. 26 when they host MNU. They take on Baker and Grand View in back-to-back road matches on Oct. 4 and 11.
Family Weekend will take place on Sept. 23 as the Ravens host William Penn University, Homecoming is on Oct. 21 with the Ravens hosting Graceland University and Senior Day is scheduled for Oct. 28 as the Ravens wrap up the regular season against Mount Mercy University.
The Ravens return three All-Heart selections from last season in Calum James, Daniel Barry and Caleb Jenkins. Jenkins recorded 79 saves in just over 1,300 minutes in goal with a 1.3 goal against average. James and Barry tied for the team lead with 12 points as Calum scored five goals with two assists while Barry scored four goals and recorded four assists. The duo was tied with Adam James who scored five goals and recorded two assists.
In addition to the quartet already mentioned, the Ravens will lean on top returners Ryan Dickerson, Trayton Schafer, Levi Spray, Zach Ferguson and John Mullen who either returns as starters from 2016 season or saw significant minutes as a reserve.
The first poll of the regular season will be released on Sept. 5.
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