The entire 32-team field for the 2011 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round will be announced Sunday by 6 p.m. CST, with the bracket unveiled by 7 p.m.
Lee (Tenn.) remained at No. 2 with 572 points after posting a 2-0 win over then-No. 3 Mobile (Ala.) on Saturday in the finals of the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament. The loss forced the Lady Rams back two spots to fifth with 513 points. In a battle for top honors in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament, it was Azusa Pacific (Calif.) claiming the championship 4-2 on penalty kicks over Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) That pushed the Cougars from fifth to third in the poll with 543 points, while the Sea Lions retained their position at fourth with 529 points.
During the course of the conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments, upsets were held at a minimum, except in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Third-seeded Science & Arts (Okla.) toppled second-seeded Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 2-0 in the semifinals and followed with a 1-0 blanking of No. 1-seeded Oklahoma City for the title. The Drovers' run to the tournament championship landed them at No. 21 in the poll. It is their first national ranking since being listed 22nd in the Oct. 20, 2009 edition.
Science & Arts' appearance on the poll also affected the teams it defeated along the way. Oklahoma City plummeted from 14th to 23rd with the loss and Southern Nazarene dropped out of the Top 25 after being ranked for three-straight weeks.
Sixteen 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. 9 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 15 Judson (Ill.), No. 16 Trinity Christian (Ill.) and No. 20 Robert Morris (Ill.). Azusa Pacific, Point Loma Nazarene, No. 14 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 19 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.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the third team to earn the No. 1 ranking in 2011 ... The Blue Raiders' seven-week reign on top matches their second longest, previously owning a No. 1-ranking for 13 weeks (9/7/04 - 9/21/05) and seven weeks (10/7 - 11/16/08) ... Eight of the 12 polls this season, preseason included, have had a unanimous No. 1 ... Both the Lindsey Wilson women's and men's soccer programs have occupied the top spot for four-consecutive weeks ... There have been 35 different teams ranked in 2011 ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 135 ... Seventh-ranked Concordia (Ore.) is the only other program to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or more consecutive weeks with 114 ... No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) is a distant third with 96-straight mentions ... Lindsey Wilson owns the most No. 1 rankings with 41, 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.) (21)||17-0-2||591|
|3||5||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||13-2-2||543|
|4||4||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||18-1-2||529|
|6||6||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||13-1-2||506|
|9||9||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||16-2-2||438|
|10||10||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||18-2-1||413|
|13||13||Cal State San Marcos||14-3-1||371|
|16||18||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||16-4-1||293|
|20||22||Robert Morris (Ill.)||14-4-2||210|
|21||RV||Science & Arts (Okla.)||15-5-0||196|
Others receiving votes: Texas at Brownsville 124; Carroll (Mont.) 79; Biola (Calif.) 48; Siena Heights (Mich.) 41; Graceland (Iowa) 37; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 32; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 29; Northwest (Wash.) 19; Union (Tenn.) 14; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 5; Daemen (N.Y.) 4; Vanguard (Calif.) 4; Ottawa (Kan.) 3; Reinhardt (Ga.) 3; Oklahoma Wesleyan 1; Grand View (Iowa) 1; Aquinas (Mich.) 1.