KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The top-five teams remained intact in the second edition of the 2011 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. For the second-straight week, No. 1 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) captured 19 first-place votes for 590 points. The Cougars shared the two remaining first-place nods with No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 4 Robert Morris (Ill.). The Lady Flames tallied 572 points, while the Eagles totaled 539.
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) checked in at No. 3 and fifth-ranked Martin Methodist (Tenn.) once again rounded out the top-five clubs with 548 and 502 points, respectively.
All of the ranked teams from the Sept. 6 poll retained a spot among the Top 25, with 17 shifting and a trio maintaining position. Holding steady in addition to the top-five squads were No. 11 Houghton (N.Y.), No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 21 Graceland (Iowa).
No. 15 Mobile (Ala.) made the biggest improvement on the poll, climbing seven spots from a previous ranking of 22nd. The Rams recovered from a 0-1-1 start by winning their past two contests, including a 4-0 victory over then-No. 19 Carroll (Mont.) on Sept. 9. Despite the loss, the Saints recovered with a 3-0 blanking of then-No. 7 William Carey (Miss.) and only dropped one spot to No. 20.
Suffering a fall of six spots were No. 12 The Master's (Calif.), No. 18 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 24 Trinity Christian (Ill.).
Fifteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four squads from the Golden State Athletic Conference: Azusa Pacific, No. 7 Concordia (Calif.), The Master's (Calif.) and No. 22 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.). The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and 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. 20.
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 126 ... No. 6 Concordia (Ore.) is the only other program to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or more consecutive weeks with 105 ... Eight additional teams have spent 10-or more weeks ranked among the Top 25 ... The No. 1-ranking for Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is the program's 30th ... The consecutive No. 1s for the Cougars is the first since owning the top spot from Sept. 5 - 12, 2007 ... Lindsey Wilson tops the all-time No. 1 list with 34 ... 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||1||Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (19)||4-0-1||590|
|2||2||Lee (Tenn.) (1)||2-1-0||572|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||3-0-1||548|
|4||4||Robert Morris (Ill.) (1)||5-0-0||539|
|5||5||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||4-0-0||502|
|8||10||Cal State San Marcos||6-0-1||439|
|9||12||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||6-0-1||426|
|12||6||The Master's (Calif.)||4-2-0||391|
|16||7||William Carey (Miss.)||2-1-0||298|
|19||20||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||4-1-1||247|
|22||25||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||6-0-1||182|
|24||18||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||4-1-0||160|
Others receiving votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 131; Benedictine (Kan.) 52; Corban (Ore.) 49; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 42; Texas at Brownsville 34; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 32; Westminster (Utah) 30; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 18; Marian (Ind.) 11; Judson (Ill.) 9; Cumberland (Tenn.) 7; Faulkner (Ala.) 5; Vanguard (Calif.) 3; Westmont (Calif.) 3; Avila (Mo.) 1; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 1; Texas Wesleyan 1; Southern Oregon 1; Park (Mo.) 1; Union (Tenn.) 1; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 1; Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) 1.