KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) earned its third-straight No. 1 ranking in the seventh edition of the 2011 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. For the third time in as many weeks, the Blue Raiders were the unanimous pick, taking all 20 first-place votes for 560 points. They are off to an 11-0-1 start, including a 5-0-0 mark in Mid-South Conference action. With only four regular-season matches remaining, the Blue Raiders will not face a Top-25 foe until their final game on Oct. 29 when they host No. 8 Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
Lee (Tenn.) continued to hold down the No. 2 spot on the poll, checking in with 542 points. The Lady Flames, along with Lindsey Wilson and No. 12 Westmont (Calif.), were the only squads to maintain their positions among the Top 25. Concordia (Ore.) (516 points) and Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) (513 points) each bumped up one spot to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. The top-five teams are rounded out with Mobile (Ala.) and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) tied for fifth with 475 points.
There was only one addition to the poll as No. 25 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) garnered its first ranking since being listed 13th in the final poll of 2008. The Crimson Storm have won their last seven matches and replace Westminster (Utah), who was 23rd in the sixth edition of the Top 25. The Griffins dropped a 1-0 decision to unranked Rocky Mountain (Mont.) on Oct. 15 and had their record slip to 8-5-1.
With only a trio of teams holding steady and just one newcomer, teams shuffled in rank, but moves up or down were limited to four spots. The Sun Conference members Northwood (Fla.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) each received a four-spot boost, earning the Nos. 7 and 10 spots, respectively. No. 13 Spring Arbor (Mich.), No. 18 Houghton (N.Y.) and No. 24 The Master's (Calif.) each dropped three spots.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the Golden State Athletic Conference: Point Loma Nazarene, Azusa Pacific, Westmont, No. 14 Concordia (Calif.) and The Master's. 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. 25.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the third team to earn the No. 1 ranking in 2011 ... Five of the seven polls this season, preseason included, have had a unanimous No. 1 ... There have been 32 different teams ranked in 2011 ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 131 ... Third-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 92-straight mentions ... Lindsey Wilson owns the most No. 1 rankings with 37 ... 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.) (20)||11-0-1||560|
|4||5||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||13-0-1||513|
|5||3||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||7-2-1||475|
|8||6||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||9-1-1||430|
|9||7||Cal State San Marcos||13-2-1||403|
|11||9||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||12-2-1||369|
|13||10||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||12-2-1||335|
|16||17||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||12-2-0||292|
|21||20||Robert Morris (Ill.)||10-3-1||186|
|22||24||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||12-2-0||165|
|24||21||The Master's (Calif.)||8-8-0||141|
|25||RV||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||11-2-0||97|
Others receiving votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 95; Westminster (Utah) 89; Carroll (Mont.) 57; Texas at Brownsville 54; Central Methodist (Mo.) 53; Vanguard (Calif.) 51; Northwest (Wash.) 39; Grace (Ind.) 13; Aquinas (Mich.) 7; Daemen (N.Y.) 7; Union (Tenn.) 5; Avila (Mo.) 5; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; Huntington (Ind.) 1; Grand View (Iowa) 1; Bethel (Tenn.) 1; Siena Heights (Mich.) 1; Southern Oregon 1.