KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A day after knocking off No. 6 MNU, the good news continued to roll in for the No. 21-ranked Raven Men's Soccer team. The Ravens earned a No. 18 rating in the first MRPI Rating released by the NAIA on Wednesday.
The MRPI, which stands for Modified Ratings Percentage Index, was first adopted by the NAIA for the 2010 season and is used to select the at-large qualifying teams and seed the 32-team national championship opening round field.
The two remaining MRPI ratings will be released on Oct. 18 and Nov. 13 with the Nov. 13 rating helping determine the national championship field.
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.
Benedictine is one of five schools from the Heart listed in the Top 20 of the first MRPI. Missouri Valley was rated No. 3, Baker was rated No. 8, MNU was rated No. 10 and Central Methodist was rated No. 12.
In Tuesday's NAIA Top 25, the conference also earned five spots in the Top 25. Missouri Valley was No. 2, MNU was No. 6, Baker was No. 7 and CMU was No. 14 followed by the Ravens at No. 21.
The Ravens hit the road for their next three matches, first up a trip to Dubuque, Iowa, to take on Clarke University at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.