By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo – For the third-straight poll, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the No. 1 ranking and was one of only three squads to hold its preseason poll position. The Blue Raiders received 13 first-place votes and 549 points in the first regular-season edition of the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released by the national office Tuesday. The top billing is a NAIA-best 44th all-time for Lindsey Wilson.
Lindsey Wilson enters the week 3-1-0 on the season with all three victories coming against ranked teams – then-No. 21 Davenport (Mich.), 3-0, on Aug. 26; then-No. 3 Spring Arbor (Mich.), 5-2, on Aug. 31; and then-No. 14 William Carey (Miss.), 2-1, on Sept. 6. The Blue Raiders lone loss was a 1-0 defeat against then-No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in a Sept. 8 neutral site match at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.
No. 2 Vanguard (Calif.) moves up two slots with four first-place votes and 539 points to tie for the highest ranking in program history. The Lions, who rank amongst the top 10 nationally in all major offensive categories, boast a 3-0-0 record on the year and have outscored opponents by a score of 19-3.
Perennial top-five program Concordia (Ore.) gathered the final three first-place votes and 528 points to claim the No. 3 position. The Cavaliers, a top five team in 12 of the last 14 polls, are 3-0-1 and have only allowed one goal so far this year.
Fueled by its previously mentioned victory against Lindsey Wilson, Embry-Riddle checks in at No. 4 with 510 points, while previous No. 2 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) falls to No. 5 with 479 points following a 1-0 overtime loss at unranked Hastings (Neb.) on Sept. 7.
No. 10 Davenport (Mich.) made the biggest splash in this week’s edition, leaping 11 places. The Panthers are 4-1-0 on the season, including shutout wins against then-No. 3 Spring Arbor (4-0) on Aug. 21 and then-No. 12 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (3-0) on Aug. 28.
Two teams unranked in the preseason poll have moved into the Top 25: No. 21 The Master’s (Calif.) and No. 25 Concordia (Calif.). Both of these squads were ranked at some point during the 2012 season.
Baker (Kan.) (No. 23) and Judson (Ill.) (No. 25) fell from the rankings.
Fourteen conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four programs from the Golden State Athletic Conference – Vanguard, No. 9 Westmont (Calif.), The Master’s and Concordia (Calif.) – and the Southern States Athletic Conference – No. 8 Mobile (Ala.), No. 14 Martin Methodist, No. 17 William Carey and No. 23 Brenau (Ga.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups. For the complete women’s soccer ratings calendar, click here.
Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) claims its third-straight and NAIA-best 44th all-time No. 1 ranking … The Blue Raiders own the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 151-consecutive mentions, including a string of 121-straight top 10 rankings … No. 3 Concordia owns the second longest active streak at 131-straight polls … Former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) boasts the second-most No. 1’s with 33, followed by Westmont (Calif.) (19), Concordia (Ore.) (16) and former member Lee (Tenn.) (16) … Davenport’s (Mich.) No. 10 ranking is the highest in program history … Newcomers No. 21 The Master’s (Calif.) and No. 25 Concordia (Calif.) were ranked in the Top 25 at some point during the 2012 season … 20-of-25 teams ranked in the Preseason Poll posted movements in this week’s edition … Twenty-seven teams have been ranked through two polls in 2013.2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (Sept. 10)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (13)||3-1-0||549|
|2||4||Vanguard (Calif.) (4)||3-0-0||539|
|3||5||Concordia (Ore.) (3)||3-0-1||528|
|5||2||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||3-1-0||479|
|7||3||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||2-2-1||418|
|11||9||Texas at Brownsville||2-1-0||393|
|14||12||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||2-1-0||320|
|15||17||Cal State San Marcos||2-0-0||293|
|17||14||William Carey (Miss.)||2-3-0||262|
|21||NR||The Master’s (Calif.)||6-0-0||228|
|22||15||Robert Morris (Ill.)||1-1-1||170|
|24||24||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||4-1-0||106|
Others Receiving Votes: Judson (Ill.) 73; Hastings (Neb.) 72; St. Thomas (Fla.) 65; Grace (Ind.) 62; Avila (Mo.) 40; Columbia (Mo.) 39; Indiana Wesleyan 27; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 23; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 21; Carroll (Mont.) 18; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 11; Missouri Valley 8; Westminster (Utah) 7; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 6; Reinhardt (Ga.) 4; Indiana Tech 3