KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) took over at No. 1 in the fifth edition of the 2011 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Blue Raiders moved to the top spot by earning all 21 first-place votes for 591 points. It is the first No. 1-ranking for Lindsey Wilson (7-0-1) since the final poll of the 2009 season.
There was a ripple effect throughout the top five as previously top-ranked Azusa Pacific (Calif.) was upended, 1-0, by then-No. 10 Point Loma Nazarene in its Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) opener in the NAIA Game of the Week on Oct. 1. The loss dropped the Cougars back to No. 3, while the Sea Lions moved to No. 8 for their highest ranking since being listed second to start the 2010 campaign.
The top-five teams were rounded out by second-ranked Lee (Tenn.) (568 points), No. 4 Concordia (Calif.) (531 points) and No. 5 Concordia (Ore.) (530 points).
A dozen squads climbed throughout the poll, shifting by two spots at most. Of the six teams that dropped in rank, Baker's (Kan.) fall from No. 12 to 19 was the steepest suffered. No. 6 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), No. 7 Cal State San Marcos, No. 11 Spring Arbor (Mich.), No. 20 Robert Morris (Ill.) and No. 24 Benedictine (Kan.) all maintained their previous rank.
No. 22 Westminster (Utah) and No. 25 (tie) Kansas Wesleyan reappeared on the poll after a one and two week hiatus, respectively. Westmont (Calif.) tied with the Coyotes at 25th to garner its first national ranking since being listed 17th in the 2009 Preseason Poll. The trio of newcomers replaces Carroll (Mont.) and William Carey (Miss.). On Oct. 1, Carroll was dealt a 1-0 loss by Westminster and William Carey was topped by unranked Shorter (Ga.), 2-1.
Fifteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the GSAC: Azusa Pacific, Concordia (Calif.), Point Loma Nazarene, No. 14 The Master's (Calif.) and Westmont. 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. 11.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) became the third team to earn the No. 1-ranking in 2011 ... Three 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 129 ... Fifth-ranked Concordia (Ore.) is the only other program to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or more consecutive weeks with 109 ... No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) is a distant third with 90-straight mentions ... William Carey's (Miss.) fall from the Top 25 snaps a 47-consecutvie week streak dating back to Sept. 5, 2007 ... Lindsey Wilson's owns the most No. 1 rankings with 35 ... It is the Blue Raiders' first time on top since the final poll of the 2009 season ... They 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||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (21)||7-0-1||591|
|3||1||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||4-1-1||536|
|6||6||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||7-1-0||483|
|7||7||Cal State San Marcos||9-1-1||470|
|8||10||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||9-0-1||449|
|10||9||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||9-1-1||435|
|11||11||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||9-1-1||399|
|14||15||The Master's (Calif.)||7-3-0||320|
|17||16||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||9-2-0||282|
|20||20||Robert Morris (Ill.)||7-2-1||234|
|21||22||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||9-1-0||225|
Others receiving votes: Carroll (Mont.) 85; Bellevue (Neb.) 68; Northwest (Wash.) 61; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 35; Vanguard (Calif.) 29; Texas at Brownsville 29; Davenport (Mich.) 13; Ashford (Iowa) 13; Indiana Wesleyan 8; Central Methodist (Mo.) 8; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 5; Southern Oregon 5; Union (Tenn.) 4; Aquinas (Mich.) 3; Graceland (Iowa) 3; Huntington (Ind.) 3; Bethel (Tenn.) 1; Avila (Mo.) 1; Reinhardt (Ga.) 1.