KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Top-ranked Concordia (Ore.) claimed 18-of-21 first-place votes and obtained the top billing for the second-straight week in the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Cavaliers, who are 1-of-6 unbeaten teams in the Top 25 at 6-0-2, tallied 589 total points.
Lee (Tenn.) received the final three first-place votes and 574 points to claim the No. 2 position, while No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) dropped one spot from last week with 554 points.
The remainder of the top-five was unchanged from last week with No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 5 Oklahoma City rounding out the quartet.
No. 10 William Carey (Miss.) improved seven positions for the biggest jump within the Top 25. The Crusaders, who earn their first top-10 ranking since Sept. 6, 2011, are 5-1-1 on the year including a win against Embry-Riddle (3-2) and draw against Concordia (1-1) last week. William Carey's only loss was a 2-1 defeat at No. 15 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) - then-No. 11 - on Sept. 9. No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) was the only other team to move more than two places, jumping four spots from No. 16.
Cal State San Marcos slid the farthest of the ranked teams, dropping five positions from No. 12 to No. 17. The Cougars posted a 0-1-1 record last week with a 3-3 tie against unranked Biola (Calif.) on Sept. 11 before losing in overtime to No. 16 Concordia (Calif.), 1-1.
Davenport (Mich.) makes its first-ever appearance in the Top 25, leaping from receiving votes to No. 21. The Panthers have won two-straight, including a 2-1 victory over Martin Methodist on Sept. 16. Conversely, Bellevue (Neb.) (No. 20) falls from the rankings.
Thirteen conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four from the Southern States Athletic Conference - Lee, No. 6 Mobile (Ala.), William Carey and No. 13 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) - and the Golden State Athletic Conference - No. 7 Westmont (Calif.), Vanguard, Concordia, No. 24 The Masters (Calif.). The Unaffiliated Group consisting of the Frontier Conference and TranSouth Athletic Conference is third with three teams, while The Sun, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and Heart of America Athletic Conference 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. The next Top 25 will be announced on Sept. 25.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Concordia (Ore.) earns the No. 1 ranking for the second-straight week and 12th all-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), Concordia (12), Lee (Tenn.) (11) and Martin Methodist (10) ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 140 ... Concordia (119) and Lee (101) are the only other programs to occupy a spot in the poll 100-or-more consecutive weeks ... The Blue Raiders also lead the way with consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 13, spanning the 2004 - 2005 seasons ... The 2011 Lee squad is the first team to start and end the season at No. 1 ... William Carey's No. 10 ratings marks the first time the Crusaders have been in the top-10 since Sept. 6, 2011 (No. 7) ... No. 21 Davenport (Mich.) is making its first-ever appearance in the Top 25 ... Eight of the top-10 teams have been ranked in the top-10 in every poll this season.
2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 3 (Sept. 18)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Ore.) (18)||6-0-2||589|
|2||3||Lee (Tenn.) (3)||3-1-0||574|
|3||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||3-2-1||554|
|9||10||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||5-1-1||421|
|10||17||William Carey (Miss.)||5-1-1||420|
|11||7||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||4-2-0||391|
|13||13||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||5-0-1||366|
|15||11||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||6-3-0||313|
|17||12||Cal State San Marcos||3-2-1||288|
|24||25||The Master’s (Calif.)||4-1-2||144|
|25||22||Siena Heights (Mich.)||4-0-1||137|
Others receiving votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 117; Trinity International (Ill.) 58; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 45; Ashford (Iowa) 32; Missouri Valley 31; Cumberland (Tenn.) 27; Brenau (Ga.) 26; Grace (Ind.) 21; Rogers State (Okla.) 19; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 19; Benedictine (Kan.) 15; Indiana Wesleyan 13; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 11; Southern Oregon 7; Menlo (Calif.) 3.