Cumberland ranks eighth in second edition of the NAIA women’s soccer modified ratings percentage index, the national office announced Wednesday.
The Bulldogs were 12th in the first MRPI released at the end of September.
The MRPI consists of the team’s modified winning percentage, their opponents’ winning percentage and the cumulative ratings points from the NAIA women’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. The MRPI – first adopted in 2010 – will select the at-large qualifying teams and seed the 32-team national championship field next month.
Cumberland was ranked eighth in this week’s NAIA coaches’ top 25 poll and is unbeaten in the last 11 matches. The Bulldogs have played three ranked teams this season, winning 1-0 over then 22nd-ranked Brenau and No. 1 Lindsey Wilson and playing to a scoreless draw at No. 9 Martin Methodist. CU opponents have a 111-79-7 record this season.
Cumberland will play host to Bluefield at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium in the final regular season home match of the year for the club.