KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Concordia (Ore.) receives the No. 1 distinction for the fifth-straight NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Cavaliers, who are one of only four unbeaten programs at 9-0-2, gathered 20 first-place votes and 591 points in the poll's sixth regular-season edition.
Concordia currently rests atop the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings with a 3-0-0 mark that includes back-to-back home victories against Oregon Tech, 2-0, on Oct. 5 and Southern Oregon, 2-0, on Oct. 7. The Cavaliers have only allowed four goals this season and have outshot opponents 199-54 (83-21 on goal).
Overall, nine teams held their positions, while 11 others posted one-spot movements. Second-ranked Lee (Tenn.) and No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) held their positions for the fourth-straight week. The Lady Flames are 9-1-0 on the year and received 572 points and the remaining first-place vote, while the Blue Raiders (10-2-1) received 553 points.
Mobile (Ala.), aided by a 1-0 win against No. 12 Auburn Montgomery last week, improved one position to No. 4, while No. 5 William Carey (Miss.) leapt two positions after a 5-2 victory against Truett-McConnell (Ga.) on Oct. 3.
No. 20 The Master's (Calif.), who was ranked No. 22 last week, tied William Carey for the largest positive movement. The Mustangs are riding a six-match win streak, including a 2-0 shutout of then-No. 19 Concordia (Calif.) (now No. 21) on Oct. 3. The victory is the second against a higher ranked team this season for The Master's.
Conversely, No. 8 Oklahoma City dropped four places for the biggest fall after losing to Mid-America Christian (Okla.), 1-2, on Oct. 2. However, the Stars rebounded in their next contest, defeating NCAA Division II Western State (Colo.), 1-0.
No. 25 Benedictine (Kan.) is this week's newcomer, replacing previous No. 25 Indiana Wesleyan. The rating is the first for the Ravens since Oct. 4, 2011.
Twelve conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four programs from the Southern States Athletic Conference - Lee, Mobile, William Carey and Auburn Montgomery - and the Golden State Athletic Conference - No. 15 Westmont (Calif.), No. 10 Vanguard (Calif.), Concordia (Calif.) and The Masters (Calif.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independent/unaffiliated groups. The next Top 25 will be announced on Oct. 16.
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Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Concordia (Ore.) earns the No. 1 ranking for the fifth-straight week and 15th 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 (15), Lee (Tenn.) (11) and Martin Methodist (10) ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 143 ... Concordia (122) and Lee (104) 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 rating on Sept. 18 marked the first time the Crusaders have been in the top-10 since Sept. 6, 2011 (No. 7) ... No. 25 Benedictine (Kan.) is making its first appearance in 2012 ... The Ravens were last ranked on Oct. 4, 2011 ... Six of the top-10 teams have been ranked in the top-10 in every poll this season ... Concordia, Lee and Lindsey Wilson have been rated in the top three in every poll since the 2011 Postseason Poll (Dec. 6).2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 6 (Oct. 9)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Ore.) (20)||9-0-2||591|
|2||2||Lee (Tenn.) (1)||9-1-0||572|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||10-2-1||553|
|5||7||William Carey (Miss.)||9-2-1||505|
|6||6||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||11-1-1||501|
|9||10||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||9-2-0||430|
|11||10||Cal State San Marcos||6-2-2||420|
|12||12||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||9-1-1||373|
|16||16||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||8-3-0||304|
|20||22||The Master’s (Calif.)||9-1-2||243|
|22||21||Trinity International (Ill.)||9-1-1||172|
Others receiving votes: Ashford (Iowa) 84; Davenport (Mich.) 78; Grace (Ind.) 75; Cumberland (Tenn.) 54; Brenau (Ga.) 53; Viterbo (Wis.) 43; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 37; Indiana Wesleyan 33; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 22; Biola (Calif.) 14; Southern Oregon 7; Bellevue (Neb.) 6; Robert Morris (Ill.) 3.