KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the fifth-consecutive week, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) tops the 2011 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Blue Raiders were awarded 19 first-place votes for 590 points despite playing then-No. 8 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) to a 2-2 tie in the NAIA Match of the Week on Oct. 29. Lindsey Wilson's five-week reign at No. 1 is its longest since 2009. The 14-0-2 Blue Raiders enter the Mid-South Conference Tournament on Saturday as the No. 1 seed and are slated to face eighth-seeded Pikeville (Ky.).
Both the Lindsey Wilson men's and women's soccer programs hold the top spot for the second-straight week. This marks the 13th time, since 2000, that both soccer teams have been ranked No. 1 during the same Top 25 poll. The Blue Raiders have done this a total of 12 times and Westmont (Calif.) has accomplished this once back on Oct. 3, 2000.
Picking up the two other first-place nods in the ninth edition of the poll for 573 points was No. 2 Lee (Tenn.). The three-time defending champions will begin their quest for a fourth national title at the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament. The top-seeded Lady Flames (14-2-0) square off against No. 8-seeded Spring Hill (Ala.) on Saturday.
Mobile (Ala.) jumped up two spots to No. 3 with 532 points and is seeded second in the SSAC Tournament. The Lady Rams play seventh-seeded Shorter (Ga.) on Saturday. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) also climbed up two spots and returns to the top five at No. 4 with 528 points. The Cougars move into postseason action as the No. 3-seed on Tuesday by taking on sixth-seeded Vanguard (Calif.) in the quarterfinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament. Fellow GSAC member Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) rounds out the top five with 519 points. The Sea Lions earned the top seed in the league tournament and are set to play No. 8-seeded Fresno Pacific (Calif.) on Tuesday.
No. 24 Carroll (Mont.) and No. 25 Bellevue (Neb.) were the newcomers to the poll, knocking out SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and Vanguard. Carroll has previously appeared in five polls during its 2011 campaign, with its last listing of No. 23 coming on Sept. 27. Bellevue earns its first Top-25 recognition since the Oct. 19, 2005, poll when the Bruins were ranked 25th.
Fifteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four squads from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) and GSAC. Hailing from the CCAC are No. 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 18 Judson (Ill.), No. 19 Trinity Christian (Ill.) and No. 22 Robert Morris (Ill.). Azusa Pacific, Point Loma Nazarene, No. 13 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 17 Concordia (Calif.) are from the GSAC.
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 Nov. 8.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the third team to earn the No. 1 ranking in 2011 ... Six of the nine polls this season, preseason included, have had a unanimous No. 1 ... There have been 34 different teams ranked in 2011 ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 133 ... Eighth-ranked Concordia (Ore.) is the only other program to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or more consecutive weeks with 112 ... No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) is a distant third with 94-straight mentions ... Lindsey Wilson owns the most No. 1 rankings with 39, followed by Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (33), Westmont (Calif.) (19), Concordia (10) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (10) ... The Blue Raiders also lead 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||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (19)||14-0-2||590|
|2||2||Lee (Tenn.) (2)||14-2-0||573|
|4||6||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||11-2-1||528|
|5||3||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||16-1-1||519|
|6||8||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||11-1-2||495|
|10||11||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||15-2-1||419|
|11||12||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||16-2-1||396|
|14||9||Cal State San Marcos||13-3-1||344|
|19||19||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||15-3-0||248|
|22||22||Robert Morris (Ill.)||13-4-1||182|
|23||23||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||15-2-0||179|
Others receiving votes: Texas at Brownsville 103; Biola (Calif.) 101; Westminster (Utah) 88; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 69; Vanguard (Calif.) 38; Graceland (Iowa) 18; Southern Oregon 17; Aquinas (Mich.) 15; Daemen (N.Y.) 12; Grand View (Iowa) 3; William Jessup (Calif.) 1; Union (Tenn.) 1; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 1; Northwest (Wash.) 1; Siena Heights (Mich.) 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; Grace (Ind.) 1; Oklahoma Wesleyan 1; Reinhardt (Ga.) 1; Ottawa (Kan.) 1.