KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The top three teams hold their positions in the first regular-season edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. No. 1-ranked Lee (Tenn.) leads the crop for the second-straight week with 18 first-place votes and 559 points, while Concordia (Ore.) falls in at No. 2 with 543 points and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is third with 518 points.
Lee, who lands the top spot for the 11th time in school history, open the season this week at the Habitat for Humanity Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Lady Flames are slated to play No. 19 Northwood (Fla.) on Friday before competing against No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on Sunday.
Concordia, who received the two other first-place votes in this week's poll, is 4-0 on the season, including back-to-back 2-0 shutouts of No. 16 Hastings (Neb.) on Aug. 31 and Lindsey Wilson on Sept. 2. Lindsey Wilson owns a 1-1-1 record, including a 2-1 victory against Embry-Riddle on Aug. 31.
Mobile (Ala.) moves one spot to No. 4 with 512 points, while Embry-Riddle rounds out the top five with 472 points.
Kansas Wesleyan made the biggest splash in this week's edition, leaping six places from No. 23 to No. 17. The Coyotes are 1-1 on the season, including a 3-2 overtime victory at No. 18 Concordia (Calif.) on Sept. 1. Other notable movement amongst the Top 25 included a five-position jump by Oklahoma City from No. 11 to No. 6.
Four teams unranked in the preseason poll have moved into the Top 25: No. 15 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 20 William Carey (Miss.), No. 24 St. Ambrose (Iowa), and No. 25 Siena Heights. All four of these squads were ranked at some point during the 2011 season.
Rough starts by Texas at Brownsville, Robert Morris (Ill.) and Science & Arts (Okla.) caused the three squads to fall from the rankings this week.
Seventeen conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four from the Southern States Athletic Conference - Lee, Mobile, Auburn Montgomery and William Carey. The Unaffiliated Group consisting of the Frontier Conference and TranSouth Athletic Conference is second with three teams, while The Sun Conference, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and Association of Independent Institutions have two representatives each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independent/unaffiliated groups. For a complete women's soccer ratings calendar, click here.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lee (Tenn.) earns the No. 1 position in the Top 25 for the 11th time ... Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) owns the most No. 1 rankings all-time with 41, followed by former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (33), Westmont (Calif.) (19), Lee, Concordia (Ore.) (10) and Martin Methodist (10) ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 138 ... Second-ranked Concordia is the only other program to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or-more consecutive weeks with 117 ... Lee is a distant third with 99-straight mentions ... ... The Blue Raiders also lead the way with consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 13, spanning the 2004 - 05 seasons ... The 2011 Lee squad is the first team to start and end the season at No. 1.
2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 1
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lee (Tenn.) (18)||0-0-0||559|
|2||2||Concordia (Ore.) (2)||4-0-0||543|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||1-1-1||518|
|7||8||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||2-0-0||445|
|8||10||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||1-0-1||432|
|11||7||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||3-2-0||380|
|12||13||Cal State San Marcos||2-1-0||331|
|14||RV||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||3-0-0||326|
|20||RV||William Carey (Miss.)||3-0-0||224|
|24||RV||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||1-1-0||117|
|25||RV||Siena Heights (Mich.)||1-0-1||82|
Others receiving votes: Vanguard (Calif.) 79; Ashford (Iowa) 76; Southern Oregon 64; Texas at Brownsville 47; The Master’s (Calif.) 45; Grace (Ind.) 35; Brenau (Ga.) 33; Grand View (Iowa) 18; Trinity International (Ill.) 15; Missouri Valley 13; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 13; William Jessup (Calif.) 10; Ottawa (Kan.) 10; Rogers State (Okla.) 5; Montreat (N.C.) 3.