By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hastings (Neb.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference claims the top spot in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Hastings’ selection—with nine first-place votes and 549 total points—gives the 6-0-0 Broncos nine No. 1 rankings, good for fourth on the NAIA’s all-time list.
All of Hastings’ prior No. 1 rankings came in 2011, when the Broncos held the No. 1 position for eight-straight polls to start the season.
Southern Poly (Ga.) becomes the latest Southern States Athletic Conference team to receive first-place votes after Belhaven (Miss.) received all 19 first-place votes in the preseason poll and Mobile (Ala.) accumulated 19-of-20 last week. The Hornets, who hold a 4-0-1 record on the season, accrued ten first-place votes and 546 total points to earn the No. 2 ranking.
After moving up 12 spots last week, 5-0-0 Benedictine (Kan.) continued to climb, garnering the final first-place vote and accumulating 527 total points en route to the No. 3 rating.
Perennial contenders Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Rio Grande (Ohio) round out the top five with 522 and 477 points,respectively. Last week’s poll was the first in which neither Lindsey Wilson or Rio Grande was ranked among the top five teams since Sept. 15, 2009. The Blue Raiders and Red Storm lead the NAIA in all-time No. 1 rankings with 44 and 39 and in active consecutive rankings with 73 and 66.
Within the poll, No. 7 Grand View (Iowa) and No. 11 Missouri Valley made the largest jumps, each moving up six spots, while former-No. 1 Mobile fell sixteen spots, landing at No. 17.
There were six newcomers to the Top 25, five of whom received votes in last week’s poll. No. 13 Bethel (Tenn.), No. 15 Texas at Brownsville, No. 18 Texas Wesleyan, No. 22 Cal State San Marcos and No. 24 Georgia Gwinnett moved from the receiving votes category into the Top 25. No. 25 Thomas (Ga.) went from unranked directly into the Top 25.
Texas Wesleyan’s No. 18 ranking is the highest in school history and just the second Top 25 mention for the Rams, who were previously ranked No. 24 on Sept. 15, 2009.
This is the first Top 25 ranking for Cal State San Marcos, dating back to 2000. After receiving votes for the first time in school history last week, Georgia Gwinnett earns its first Top 25 ranking—in any sport—with 111 total points this week. All other newcomers were ranked in multiple polls last season.
Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Southern Wesleyan (S.C.), SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Science & Arts (Okla.), Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and Concordia (Calif.) fell out of the Top 25. Science & Arts had been ranked in 23-consecutive polls dating back to Oct. 4, 2011. Concordia had been mentioned in 25-straight polls dating back to Sept. 20, 2011.
The Southern States Athletic Conference again leads all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with five teams among the Top 25: Southern Poly, No. 6 Belhaven, Bethel, Mobile and No. 22 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
The Heart of America Athletic Conference and the Association of Independent Institutions, with three each,and the American Midwest Conference and Mid-South Conference, with two each, also placed multiple teams in the Top 25.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. For the entire 2013 Coaches' Top 25 Poll schedule, click here.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000) This is the first year, since 2008, that three different No. 1 teams have been selected in the first three Top 25 polls… In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Rio Grande (Ohio) and Belhaven (Miss.)… Last year’s preseason No. 1, Lindsey Wilson, held the No. 1 position in the first five polls… Cal State San Marcos and Georgia Gwinnett are each ranked for the first time in program history this week… This is Georgia Gwinnett’s first Top 25 ranking in any sport… Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively ranked active school at 73-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 66 consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 39 and Mobile (Ala.) at 38... Two teams that had been ranked in more than 20-straight polls fell out of the Top 25 this week: Concordia (Calif.) and Science & Arts (Okla.)… Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 44, followed by Rio Grande with 39, Bethel (Tenn.) with 11 and Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) and Hastings (Neb.) with 9... Overall, 18 different teams have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… Fifteen of the 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the second regular-season Top 25 poll... Since 2000, just two teams have spent the entire season ranked No. 1—Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande in 2004.
2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Sept. 17)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||4||Hastings (Neb.) (9)||6-0-0||549|
|2||3||Southern Poly (Ga.) (10)||4-0-1||546|
|3||5||Benedictine (Kan.) (1)||5-0-0||527|
|4||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||3-1-1||511|
|5||8||Rio Grande (Ohio)||4-1-0||477|
|7||13||Grand View (Iowa)||6-0-0||436|
|15||RV||Texas at Brownsville||7-1-0||321|
|16||9||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||5-2-1||308|
|T22||RV||Cal State San Marcos||5-0-0||147|
|T22||16||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||3-4-0||147|
Others Receiving Votes: Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 76; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 75; Bryan (Tenn.) 61; Aquinas (Mich.) 60; Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) 52; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 51; Campbellsville (Ky.) 51; Robert Morris (Ill.) 35; Vanguard (Calif.) 24; Baker (Kan.) 19; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 13; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 8; Midland (Neb.) 7.
^ 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Sept. 10)