KANSAS CITY, Mo. -Azusa Pacific (Calif.) captured all but one first-place vote to take the No. 1 spot in the first regular-season edition of the 2011 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Cougars, who were listed second in the preseason poll with just one first-place nod, were awarded 19 first-place votes for 560 points. The move to the top spot is the first for Azusa Pacific since owning the No. 1-ranking in the Sept. 21, 2010, poll.
Lee (Tenn.) suffered a 2-1 setback to Azusa Pacific on Aug. 27, therefore, slipping into the No. 2-spot. The Lady Flames garnered the remaining first-place vote for 540 points. Both Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Robert Morris (Ill.) climbed three spots from its preseason ranking, checking in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Fifth-ranked Martin Methodist (Tenn.) rounds out the top-five teams with 455 points.
No. 24 Northwood (Fla.) and No. 25 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) cracked into the Top 25, replacing previously ranked No. 24 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 25 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). Just one match into the season, Northwood upended previously-ranked No. 13 Mobile (Ala.), 3-2, on Sept. 3, to earn its first national recognition since being ranked 24th on Nov. 9, 2010. The loss sent the Rams back to No. 22 this week. Point Loma Nazarene is off to a perfect start at 5-0-0, outscoring foes 13-2. It is the first time since the Oct. 26, 2010, poll that the Sea Lions have been ranked, when they were listed 25th.
Fifteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four squads from the Golden State Athletic Conference: Azusa Pacific, No. 6 The Master’s (Calif.), No. 9 Concordia (Calif.) and Point Loma Nazarene. The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Southern States Athletic Conference each boast a trio of ranked teams.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The next regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Sept. 12.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Third-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 125 … No. 8 Concordia (Ore.) is the only other program to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or more consecutive weeks with 104 … Eight additional teams has spent 10-or more weeks ranked among the Top 25 … The No. 1-ranking for Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is the program’s 29th, with the last coming on Sept. 21, 2010 … Lindsey Wilson tops the all-time No. 1 list with 34 … Lee (Tenn.) has been ranked the preseason No. 1 for the three past years, but has yet to earn the top spot in the first edition of a regular season poll … No team that has been ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll has been ranked in the top-spot in the final poll … Lindsey Wilson leads the way with consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 13, spanning the 2004 – 05 seasons.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (19)||3-0-0||560|
|2||1||Lee (Tenn.) (1)||2-1-0||540|
|3||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||2-0-1||518|
|4||7||Robert Morris (Ill.)||3-0-0||510|
|5||10||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||2-0-0||455|
|6||9||The Master's (Calif.)||3-1-0||453|
|7||11||William Carey (Miss.)||1-0-0||432|
|10||15||Cal State San Marcos||4-0-0||370|
|12||19||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||3-0-1||362|
|18||22||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||3-0-0||268|
|20||17||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||2-1-0||198|
|25||RV||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||5-0-0||112|
Others receiving votes: Westminster (Utah) 86; Benedictine (Kan.) 73; Bellevue (Neb.) 63; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 59; Corban (Ore.) 43; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 40; Texas at Brownsville 36; Park (Mo.) 35; Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) 34; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 14; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 8; John Brown (Ark.) 5; Davenport (Mich.) 4; Southern Oregon 3; Midland (Neb.) 1; Marian (Ind.) 1; Cumberland (Tenn.) 1; Faulkner (Ala.) 1.