Bulldog kickers ranked 24th nationally

By Steve Sell
August 20, 2015

Oklahoma Wesleyan may be new to the KCAC this year, but its men’s soccer program is old hat when it comes to national rankings.

The Eagles begin their initial season in the KCAC as the 20th-ranked team in the country. They were a unanimous pick to win the conference championship in the preseason poll.

The Eagles finished the 2014 season with a 14-5-1 record and a 4-1 Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference record, placing second in the regular season. 

Defending KCAC champion and national qualifier McPherson College checked in at No. 24. The Bulldogs (14-3-2) and Kansas Wesleyan (15-4-2) both finished 8-0-1 in the KCAC, but McPherson defeated Kansas Wesleyan 2-1 in the conference tournament championship game. The Coyotes received some votes for the Top 25.

Davenport (Mich.) will begin the 2015 season on top of the NAIA rankings. The Panthers earn their third-ever top billing in school history with all 17 first-place votes and 467 total points. Davenport won its first-ever men's soccer national title with a 2-1 come-from-behind overtime victory against Texas at Brownsville last December.