KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Grand View (Iowa) of the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) sits atop the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Vikings, who concluded their regular season with a 16-2-0 record, accumulated 14 first-place votes and 554 points to earn their first No. 1 ranking in program history.
Grand View, which won the MCC regular-season title, becomes the sixth NAIA program to earn the No. 1 position this season, an NAIA record dating back to 2000. Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile (Ala.), Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Rio Grande (Ohio) have also been ranked No. 1 this season. Grand View is just the 19th team to earn the No. 1 ranking, dating back to 2000. Prior to this season, the Vikings had never been ranked among the top five.
Lindsey Wilson, which earned the Mid-South Conference (MSC) regular-season title, compiled four first-place votes and 541 points en route to the No. 2 ranking. The 13-2-2 Blue Raiders are one of two teams to have been ranked among the top 10 for the entirety of the 2013 season, along with MSC foe Rio Grande. They have not been ranked lower than No. 6 this year, a position they held in Poll No. 1 of the regular season.
Ashford (Iowa) accrued 519 points, including a first-place vote, to earn the No. 3 position. Dating back to 2000, the ranking is the highest for the 12-3-1 Saints, besting their No. 4 mark from last week.
No. 4 Oklahoma Wesleyan, with one first-place nod and 507 points, and No. 5 Hastings, with 479 points, round out the top five. The Eagles, who finished their regular season 16-2-0, won the Midlands Collegiate Conference regular-season title with a perfect 5-0-0 record. The Broncos, who also finished the regular season 16-2-0, went 9-1-0 in conference to claim the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season title.
Within the poll, No. 8 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) made the largest jump, moving up three spots, while former No. 1 Rio Grande fell five positions, landing at No. 5. Auburn Montgomery makes the jump after claiming the Southern States Athletic Conference regular-season title (10-1-0) and an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship tournament. Rio Grande drops in the poll after suffering its second loss of the season to receiving votes Northwestern Ohio.
No. 24 Science & Arts (Okla.) was the lone newcomer to the Top 25 this week. Riding a seven-game win streak, the 11-4-0 Drovers return to the poll for the first time since Poll No. 1 on Sept. 10, when they were ranked No. 18.
San Diego Christian (Calif.) fell out of the Top 25.
The Southern States Athletic Conference shares the lead among all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with four teams among the Top 25: Auburn Montgomery, No. 10 William Carey (Miss.), No. 14 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and No. 17 Belhaven. The Heart of America Athletic Conference also placed four teams among the Top 25: No. 7 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 9 Baker (Kan.), No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 16 Missouri Valley.
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) Grand View (Iowa) earns its first No. 1 ranking in program history in this week’s poll, becoming the 19th team to claim the No. 1 spot… 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 an NAIA-record six different teams have been ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile, Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Rio Grande (Ohio) and Grand View… In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson, Rio Grande and Belhaven… Cal State San Marcos, Campbellsville (Ky.), Corban (Ore.), Georgia Gwinnett, Marymount (Calif.), 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 80-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 73-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 46 and Missouri Valley at 40... Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 47, followed by Rio Grande with 41, Bethel (Tenn.) with 11 and Hastings with 10... Overall, 19 different teams have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… Fifteen of the 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the ninth 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 (Nov. 5)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Grand View (Iowa) (14)||16-2-0||554|
|2||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (4)||13-2-2||541|
|3||4||Ashford (Iowa) (1)||12-3-1||519|
|4||5||Oklahoma Wesleyan (1)||16-2-0||507|
|6||1||Rio Grande (Ohio)||12-2-2||476|
|7||7||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||13-3-2||451|
|8||11||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||13-5-0||440|
|10||8||William Carey (Miss.)||12-4-1||386|
|12||9||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||13-2-2||360|
|14||13||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||11-3-1||339|
|22||24||Texas at Brownsville||12-2-2||139|
|24||RV||Science & Arts (Okla.)||11-4-0||125|
Others Receiving Votes: Northwestern Ohio 111; San Diego Christian (Calif.) 95; Georgia Gwinnett 89; Midland (Neb.) 86; Northwest (Wash.) 44; Texas Wesleyan 25; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 19; Campbellsville (Ky.) 14; Concordia (Ore.) 13; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 13; St. Thomas (Texas) 5.
^ 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Oct. 29)