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Top 25 - No. 5

October 04, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two of the top-three teams were the lone clubs to hold their position in the fifth regular-season edition of the 2011 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Top-ranked Hastings (Neb.) and No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) locked down their positions as the rest of the Top 25 shifted in some form. Hastings was voted the No. 1 team for the sixth-straight poll (including the Preseason Top 25) and pulled in 591 total points and all 21 first-place votes. Despite a loss to then-No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 1, Rio Grande posted 540 points to hold at third.

With the win, Lindsey Wilson improved two positions to No. 2 with 572 points. No. 4 Mobile (Ala.) and No. 5 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) each tallied 534 and 517 points, respectively. The Rams fell two spots and Azusa Pacific reached the top-five for the first time this year.

With a 10-0 mark, Hastings has won an NAIA-record 35-consecutive matches. The Broncos last non-win came at the hands of Biola (Calif.) in a 1-1 tie on Dec. 1, 2009, in the second round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. They have outscored their opponents 34-9 this year and will next face Midland (Neb.) on Wednesday.

No. 18 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) enjoyed the biggest jump within the poll. The Senators moved up eight spots, thanks to a four-match winning streak and are 6-1-1 in their last eight contests. Conversely, No. 17 Southern Poly (Ga.) suffered the most falling 10 spots since last week. The Hornets have lost two of their last three games against then-No. 6 Belhaven (Miss.) and then-No. 2 Mobile.

No. 16 Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) is one of three newcomers and enjoys its first ranking since Nov. 3, 2009 (No. 20). No. 19 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 25 Science & Arts (Okla.) join the Trojans on that list.

Three teams dropped out this week: Biola (Calif.) (No. 18), Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (No. 20) and Reinhardt (Ga.) (No. 24).

Five teams from the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) are ranked in the Top 25, which is the most among any of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. Mobile, No. 8 William Carey (Miss.), No. 9 (tie) Belhaven, Southern Poly and Auburn Montgomery represent the SSAC. Both the Golden State Athletic Conference and Heart of America Athletic Conference each place four teams in the rankings. Overall, 13 of the 22 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/ independents/unaffiliated groups. The sixth regular-season Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Oct. 11.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) No. 21 Taylor (Ind.), who is ranked for the first time in school history, holds the most wins of any program with 11… No. 5 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) sports its first top-five ranking since the 2009 season… There have been 42 programs ranked in six polls this season and 14 of those have held a spot each week… No. 1-ranked Hastings (Neb.) has grabbed all of the first-place votes in each of the last five polls… With six No. 1 rankings since 2000, all coming this season, Hastings is sixth on the list for the most top billings… No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) has been ranked in the top 10 for the last 29-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2009 season… Rio Grande holds the most No. 1 mentions since 2000 with 36… Overall, there have been 16 different teams to claim the No. 1 spot, after Rio Grande there is Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in second (31), followed by Bethel (Tenn.) (11), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9), Hastings (6), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (5) and Concordia (Calif.) (5)… Lindsey Wilson holds the distinction of being consecutively ranked the longest among active schools – 50-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 44, followed by Azusa Pacific with 37 and Hastings with 35… Since 2000, two teams have rattled through the entire season ranked No. 1 – Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande during the 2004 season.

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Hastings (Neb.) (21) 10-0-0 591
2 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7-0-0 572
3 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) 7-1-0 540
4 2 Mobile (Ala.) 8-1-0 534
5 6 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 7-1-0 517
6 10 Baker (Kan.) 10-0-0 492
7 9 Grand View (Iowa) 10-1-0 471
8 12 William Carey (Miss.) 8-1-0 468
T9 7 Belhaven (Miss.) 9-1-0 429
T9 8 Missouri Valley 8-1-0 429
11 14 Concordia (Calif.) 7-1-0 392
12 13 Benedictine (Kan.) 10-0-0 387
13 19 Bethel (Tenn.) 5-1-2 322
14 16 Northwood (Fla.) 6-0-1 314
15 11 Concordia (Ore.) 9-1-0 308
16 RV Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 9-2-0 290
17 7 Southern Poly (Ga.) 7-2-0 275
18 25 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 6-3-1 249
19 RV Vanguard (Calif.) 7-3-0 229
20 21 Graceland (Iowa) 7-1-1 227
21 23 Taylor (Ind.) 11-1-0 214
22 15 Columbia (Mo.) 8-2-0 213
23 22 Kansas Wesleyan 5-3-0 189
24 17 The Master's (Calif.) 7-1-1 165
25 RV Science & Arts (Okla.) 6-2-0 158

Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 130; Milligan (Tenn.) 87; Biola (Calif.) 49; Indiana Tech 45; Great Falls (Mont.) 42; Ashford (Iowa) 16; Judson (Ill.) 14; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 12; Illinois Tech 8; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 7; Tennessee Wesleyan 7; Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 5; McPherson (Kan.) 5; Thomas (Ga.) 5; Asbury (Ky.) 3; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 3; Dordt (Iowa) 3; Mid-Continent (Ky.) 1; Cumberlands (Ky.) 1; Northwest (Wash.) 1; Oklahoma Wesleyan 1; Spring Hill (Ala.) 1; Bryan (Tenn.) 1