By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo – Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) claimed 13-of-21 first-place votes en route its fourth-straight top billing in the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Blue Raiders, who collected 584 total points this week, are rated on top for a NAIA-record 45th time in program history dating back to 1999.
Lindsey Wilson improved to 5-1-0 on the season after claiming back-to-back shutout wins at the Lindsey Wilson Stannon Classic Sept. 13 – 14. Head coach Drew Burwash collected his 200th career win in the process when the Blue Raiders shutout Indiana Wesleyan, 4-0, on Sept. 13. A day later, Lindsey Wilson knocked off Westminster (Utah), 2-0.
Vanguard (Calif.), who owns a 5-0-0 record this year, received three first-place votes and 568 points en route to the No. 2 position. The Lions registered two wins against Top 25 opponents last week to maintain their unbeaten record. Looking forward, Vanguard plays only two matches over the next two weeks before opening Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) action against No. 6 Westmont (Calif.) on Oct. 1.
Propelled by a 3-0 win over then-No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan and a 2-1 victory against then-No. 3 Concordia (Ore.) last weekend, Embry-Riddle checks in at No. 3 with the final five first-place votes and 563 points. Four of the Eagles five victories this season are shutouts, which ranks fourth in the NAIA.
Rounding out the top five are No. 4 Concordia with 535 points and No. 5 Northwood (Fla.) with 511 points, respectively. Both squads are 4-1-1 on the season following a 1-1-0 record in last week’s matches.
No. 16 The Master’s (Calif.) recorded the largest jump in the poll, vaulting five positions from last week. The Mustangs are second in the NAIA with seven wins this season, including four shutouts. Conversely, Kansas Wesleyan, who dropped from No. 16 to No. 24, fell the farthest amongst programs still ranked in the Top 25.
There were three newcomers to the Top 25: No. 19 St. Thomas (Fla.), No. 21 Judson (Ill.) and No. 23 Hastings (Neb.). Judson, who last appeared in the Preseason Poll on Aug. 20, has won four-straight, including a 2-1 road win at then-No. 18 Ashford (Iowa) last Saturday. Hastings breaks a string of 13-straight polls without a mention, while St. Thomas is appearing for the first time since ranking No. 24 on Sept. 12, 2000.
Robert Morris (Ill.) (No. 22), Brenau (Ga.) (No. 23) and Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (No. 24) fell out of the Top 25.
Fifteen conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four programs from the GSAC – Vanguard, Westmont, The Master’s and No. 25 Concordia (Calif.). The Sun Conference and the Southern States Athletic Conference are tied for second with three schools each.
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 fourth-straight and NAIA-best 45th all-time No. 1 ranking … The Blue Raiders own the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 152-consecutive mentions, including a string of 122-straight top 10 rankings … No. 4 Concordia owns the second longest active streak at 132-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) … Overall, 11 different programs have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll … Davenport’s (Mich.) No. 7 ranking is the highest in program history … No. 19 St. Thomas is appearing in the Top 25 for the first time since Sept. 12, 2000 … No. 23 Hastings (Neb.) was last ranked during the 2012 season … For the second-straight week the Golden State Athletic Conference boasts the most ranked programs with four … Fifteen of the 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the second regular-season Top 25 … Twenty-nine teams have been ranked through three polls in 2013.
2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Sept. 17)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (13)||5-1-0||584|
|2||2||Vanguard (Calif.) (3)||5-0-0||568|
|3||4||Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (5)||5-1-1||563|
|8||5||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||4-2-0||451|
|9||7||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||5-2-1||440|
|10||14||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||4-1-0||401|
|13||17||William Carey (Miss.)||3-4-0||373|
|14||11||Texas at Brownsville||4-2-0||365|
|15||15||Cal State San Marcos||3-0-1||323|
|16||21||The Master’s (Calif.)||7-0-0||299|
|19||RV||St. Thomas (Fla.)||5-0-1||221|
Others Receiving Votes: SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 100; Robert Morris (Ill.) 83; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 64; Brenau (Ga.) 52; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 37; Missouri Valley 20; Grace (Ind.) 19; Grand View (Iowa) 17; Avila (Mo.) 14; Biola (Calif.) 4; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4; Thomas (Ga.) 4; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 3; Carroll (Mont.) 3; Westminster (Utah) 3.