KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) was unanimously voted the No. 1 team in the sixth edition of the 2011 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Blue Raiders earned their second No. 1 ranking in as many weeks with 22 first-place votes for 622 points. They own an overall record of 9-0-1 and are off to a 4-0-0 start in Mid-South Conference action, outscoring league foes 19-0.
Lee (Tenn.) and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) maintained a hold on the Nos. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. The 9-2-0 Lady Flames tallied 598 points, while the Cougars (6-1-1) recorded 584 points. Concordia (Ore.) shifted up to fourth with 563 points and Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) rounded out the top five with 518 points. It is the Sea Lions' first top-five appearance since a No. 2-ranking in the 2010 Preseason Poll.
The sixth edition of the Top 25 marked only the second time this season that all ranked teams carried over from the previous poll. Major moves were felt by a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) squads as Westmont (Calif.) catapulted 13 spots, from No. 25 to 12, and Concordia (Calif.) plummeted a dozen spots, falling from fourth to 16th.
The Warriors are currently riding a four-match winning streak, taking down then-No. 14 The Master's (Calif.), 2-1, on Oct. 4 and Concordia, 3-2, in the NAIA Game of the Week on Oct. 8. Westmont is tied with Point Loma Nazarene in the GSAC standings with a 3-0 record. The two league leaders will not meet on the field until Oct. 29. On the flip side, Concordia tied Vanguard (Calif.), 1-1, on Oct. 4 and lost to Westmont to warrant the fall in rank.
Fifteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the GSAC: Azusa Pacific, Point Loma Nazarene, Westmont, Concordia and No. 21 The Master's (Calif.). The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference boasts four ranked squads and The Sun Conference has a trio.
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 Oct. 18.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the third team to earn the No. 1 ranking in 2011 ... Four of the six polls this season, preseason included, have had a unanimous No. 1 ... There have been 31 different teams ranked in 2011 ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 130 ... Fourth-ranked Concordia (Ore.) is the only other program to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or more consecutive weeks with 110 ... No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) is a distant third with 91-straight mentions ... Lindsey Wilson owns the most No. 1 rankings with 36 ... 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.) (22)||9-0-1||622|
|3||3||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||6-1-1||584|
|5||8||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||11-0-1||518|
|6||6||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||9-1-0||516|
|7||7||Cal State San Marcos||11-1-1||504|
|9||10||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||11-1-1||471|
|10||11||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||11-1-0||433|
|17||17||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||10-2-0||310|
|20||20||Robert Morris (Ill.)||9-2-1||253|
|21||14||The Master's (Calif.)||7-5-0||185|
|24||21||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||10-2-0||156|
Others receiving votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 89; Northwest (Wash.) 75; Carroll (Mont.) 65; Vanguard (Calif.) 61; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 61; Texas at Brownsville 56; Central Methodist (Mo.) 39; Aquinas (Mich.) 12; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 8; Southern Oregon 7; Avila (Mo.) 7; Ashford (Iowa) 6; Huntington (Ind.) 5; Cumberland (Tenn.) 1; Siena Heights (Mich.) 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; Bethel (Tenn.) 1; Union (Tenn.) 1; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 1.