KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lee (Tenn.) stays at No. 1 for the second-straight week in the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Lady Flames, who won their ninth-straight Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) regular-season crown with a 3-0 victory over then-No. 17 Brenau (Ga.) on Oct. 27, received all 21 first-place votes and 591 total points. Outside of Lee, only three other programs held their positions as the Top 25 saw considerable movement this week.
Mobile (Ala.) chimes in at No. 2 this week with 567 points. The Rams achieved their highest rating (since 1999) to date behind a nine-match win streak. Mobile, the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SSAC tournament, will host seventh seed Truett-McConnell (Ga.) in the first round on Saturday.
Following Mobile in the top five is No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Blue Raiders have been third in 7-of-9 polls this season and slipped one spot this week after falling to No. 11 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (then-No. 14), 1-0, last Saturday. No. 4 William Carey (Miss.) jumps one spot with 507 points, while Vanguard (Calif.) captures 502 points to take home the No. 5 position. It's the first top-five ranking for the Lions since Oct. 20, 2009.
Making the best improvement within the Top 25 was Vanguard, Martin Methodist and No. 16 Judson (Ill.), who all leapt three places in this week's edition. On the flip side, Northwood (Fla.) tumbled the farthest with a five-spot drop. The Seahawks are winless in their last two matches, including a 2-1 setback against Webber International (Fla.) on Oct. 23.
Despite all the shuffling, No. 25 Cumberland (Tenn.) is the only newcomer. The Bulldogs have won 12 of their last 13 matches en route to a 15-2-0 overall record and a second-place standing in the Mid-South Conference. Cumberland's only loss during the stretch came at Lindsey Wilson, 2-0, on Sept. 25.
The Master's (Calif.) (No. 24) fell from the poll.
Thirteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). Hailing from the SSAC are Lee, Mobile, William Carey, No. 19 Brenau (Ga.), and No. 23 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). The Heart of America Athletic Conference and the Unaffiliated Group consisting of the Frontier Conference and TranSouth Athletic Conference are tied for second with three teams each.
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 Nov. 6. Qualifiers for the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship will be announced on Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. CST with the official bracket released on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. CST.
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Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lee (Tenn.) earns the No. 1 ranking for the 13th time in program history and fourth time this season ... 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 (Ore.) (16), Lee (13) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (10) ... Lindsey Wilson owns the longest current active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 146 ... Concordia (125) and Lee (107) 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 was 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) ... Six of the top-10 teams have been ranked in the top-10 in every poll this season ... Lee and Lindsey Wilson have been rated in the top three in every poll since the 2011 Postseason Poll (Dec. 6). Concordia's No. 6 ranking marks the first time the Cavaliers have been rated outside of the top three this season ... No. 2 is the highest-ever ranking for Mobile (Ala.).2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 9 (Oct. 30)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lee (Tenn.) (21)||14-1-1||591|
|3||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||12-3-1||551|
|4||5||William Carey (Miss.)||14-3-1||507|
|9||6||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||16-2-1||433|
|10||10||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||15-2-0||427|
|11||14||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||13-3-0||415|
|15||13||Cal State San Marcos||9-4-3||308|
|18||20||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||11-0-2||260|
|23||23||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||11-4-2||164|
Others receiving votes: The Master’s (Calif.) 91; Robert Morris (Ill.) 86; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 66; Biola (Calif.) 58; Viterbo (Wis.) 37; Ashford (Iowa) 34; Grace (Ind.) 14; Westminster (Utah) 12; Bellevue (Neb.) 11; Trinity International (Ill.) 9; Texas at Brownsville 8; Northwest (Wash.) 7.