By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rio Grande (Ohio) of the Mid-South Conference sits atop the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Red Storm, who hold an 11-1-2 mark on the season, accumulated 20 first-place votes and 591 points to earn their 40th all-time No. 1 ranking and their 57th consecutive top 10 nod.
Rio Grande, which was last ranked No. 1 on Oct. 23, 2012, becomes the fifth NAIA program to earn the No. 1 position this season, tying an NAIA record (2000, 2006). Hastings (Neb.), Mobile (Ala.), Belhaven (Miss.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) have also been ranked No. 1 this season.
Grand View (Iowa), which joined the top five last week and has been ranked in every regular-season poll, compiled 557 points en route to the No. 2 ranking. The No. 2 position is the highest rating for Grand View, dating back to 2000. The 13-2-0 Vikings currently sit atop the Midwest Collegiate Conference (5-0-0).
Lindsey Wilson accrued 544 points, including the final first-place vote, earning the No. 3 position. The 10-2-2 Blue Raiders fell from the top position after suffering their second loss of the season at the hands of NCAA Division II Flagler (Fla.) on Oct. 16. Lindsey Wilson’s only other loss came in the first match of 2013 against Spring Arbor (Mich.) on Aug. 22. Despite having two losses on its record, Lindsey Wilson (6-0-1) holds a narrow lead on current No. 1 Rio Grande (6-0-2) in the Mid-South Conference.
No. 4 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 5 Ashford (Iowa) round out the top five with 533 and 503 points, respectively. The 10-2-1 Ravens sit atop the Heart of America Athletic Conference (4-0-1) and rejoin the top five for the first time since Poll No. 2. After a one-week hiatus, following the team’s third loss of the season to Grand View on Oct. 9, the 10-3-1 Saints return to the top five.
This is the first poll in which no Southern States Athletic Conference team ranks among the top five since the final regular-season poll of 2012. No. 7 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) is the highest ranked team from the conference.
Within the poll, No. 17 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) made the largest jump, moving up six spots, while Belhaven fell seven spots, landing at No. 9. The shifts come after Martin Methodist downed the Blazers 1-0, on a Juan Madrigal goal with 46 seconds remaining in double overtime, on Oct. 19.
There were a season-high seven newcomers to the Top 25: No. 18 San Diego Christian (Calif.), No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 21 Bryan (Tenn.), No. 23 Davenport (Mich.), No. 24 Thomas (Ga.), No. 25 St. Thomas (Texas) and No. 25 Rocky Mountain (Mont.). This is the first Top 25 appearance for both San Diego Christian and St. Thomas, dating back to 2000, and just the second for Davenport, which was previously ranked on Sept. 9, 2008. The rest of the newcomers had been ranked at some point earlier this season.
Columbia (Mo.), Campbellsville (Ky.), Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Texas at Brownsville, Texas Wesleyan and Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) fell out of the Top 25. Columbia had been ranked in 34-straight polls dating back to Nov. 14, 2010. Hannibal-LaGrange had previously been ranked in every poll of 2013.
The Southern States Athletic Conference shares the lead among all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with four teams among the Top 25: Auburn Montgomery, Belhaven, No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) and Martin Methodist. The Heart of America Athletic Conference also placed four teams among the Top 25: Benedictine, No. 6 Missouri Valley, No. 15 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 16 Baker (Kan.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. For the entire 2013 Coaches' Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000) This week, No. 2 Grand View (Iowa) earns its highest ranking in program history after cracking the top five for the first time last week… This year, Mobile (Ala.) became the first former-No. 1 to fall out of the Top 25 in the same season since former-member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in 2008… This season, five different teams have been ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile, Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Rio Grande (Ohio)… In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson, Rio Grande and Belhaven … This is the third season—dating back to 2000, and the first since 2006—that, an NAIA-record five teams have been ranked No. 1 during the same year… Cal State San Marcos, Campbellsville (Ky.), Corban (Ore.), Georgia Gwinnett, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), San Diego Christian (Calif.), St. Thomas (Texas) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) earned their first Top 25 rankings this season… Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively ranked active school at 78-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 71-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 44 and Missouri Valley at 38... Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 47, followed by Rio Grande with 40, Bethel (Tenn.) with 11 and Hastings with 10... Overall, 18 different teams have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… Sixteen of the 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the seventh regular-season Top 25 poll... Since 2000, just two teams have spent the entire season ranked No. 1—Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande in 2004.
2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Oct. 22)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||3||Rio Grande (Ohio) (20)||11-1-2||591|
|2||5||Grand View (Iowa)||13-2-0||557|
|3||1||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (1)||10-2-2||544|
|7||9||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||10-4-0||477|
|13||13||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||11-2-1||363|
|14||16||William Carey (Miss.)||10-3-1||339|
|15||17||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||11-3-2||338|
|17||23||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||7-3-1||274|
|18||RV||San Diego Christian (Calif.)||10-2-2||232|
|T25||NR||St. Thomas (Texas)||10-2-2||110|
|T25||NR||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||11-2-1||110|
Others Receiving Votes: Columbia (Mo.) 93; Midland (Neb.) 77; Marymount (Calif.) 76; Science & Arts (Okla.) 63; Cal State San Marcos 51; Campbellsville (Ky.) 38; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 30; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 25; Georgia Gwinnett 21; Northwood (Texas) 3; Tennessee Wesleyan 3.
^ 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Oct. 15)