By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hastings (Neb.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference again sits atop the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Hastings’ selection—with all 21 first-place votes and 591 total points—gives the 7-0-0 Broncos their second-straight No. 1 ranking. Hastings is the first team to capture multiple No. 1 ratings this season.
By topping this week’s poll, Hastings becomes just the fourth NAIA school to receive double-digit (10) No. 1 rankings. The Broncos earned the top spot eight times in 2011, when they held the No. 1 position for eight-straight polls to start the season, and have now spent two-straight weeks at No. 1 in 2013.
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) compiled 569 points en route to the No. 2 ranking. After spending the entire 2012 regular season ranked No. 1 or No. 2, the 4-1-2 Blue Raiders earn their highest rating of 2013.
Rio Grande, which holds a 5-1-1 record on the year, accumulated 552 total points to earn the No. 3 rating. The Red Storm receive their highest ranking of the season after grinding to a 1-1 tie with Mid-South Conference foe No. 2 Lindsey Wilson on Sept. 21.
Lindsey Wilson and Rio Grande are two of the three schools—other than Hastings—that have sat atop the Top 25 in more than 10 polls with 44 and 39 respective No. 1 rankings. The other is No. 19 Bethel (Tenn.), which has 11 all-time.
Preseason No. 1 Belhaven (Miss.) returns to the top five, with 531 points and a No. 4 rating, after being ranked as low as No. 10. This is the first poll of 2013 in which no Southern States Athletic Conference team received a first-place vote. The Blazers received all 19 first-place votes in the preseason poll, Mobile (Ala.) accumulated 19-of-20 in the first regular-season poll and Southern Poly (Ga.) accrued 10 first-place votes last week.
Ashford (Iowa) rounds out the top five with 492 points. This is the Saints first top five rating, dating back to 2000. Ashford, which holds a 6-2-0 record this year, has been ranked among the top 10 in three-straight polls for the first time in school history.
Within the poll, No. 11 Mobile made the largest jump, moving up six spots, while former-No. 2 Southern Poly fell 10 spots, landing at No. 12.
There were four newcomers to the Top 25, all of whom received votes in last week’s poll: No. 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 24 Aquinas (Mich.), No. 25 Bryan (Tenn.) and No. 25 Baker (Kan.).
This is the first Top 25 ranking for Wayland Baptist, dating back to 2000. Aquinas, who has received votes in every Top 25 poll since the final regular-season edition in 2012, cracks the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 8, 2002. Bryan and Baker return to the Top 25 for the first time in 2013 after both being ranked last season.
Kansas Wesleyan, Georgia Gwinnett and Thomas (Ga.) fell out of the Top 25. Kansas Wesleyan had been ranked in all but one poll dating back to Sept. 21, 2010.
The Southern States Athletic Conference again leads all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with five teams among the Top 25: Belhaven, Mobile, Southern Poly, No. 17 Auburn Montgomery and Bethel. The Heart of America Athletic Conference was second, placing four teams among 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) Hastings (Neb.) becomes the first team to capture multiple No. 1 rankings this season… This year, three different teams have been ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile (Ala.) and Hastings… In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Rio Grande (Ohio) and Belhaven… Last year’s preseason No. 1, Lindsey Wilson, held the No. 1 position in the first five polls… Wayland Baptist is ranked for the first time in program history this week… Georgia Gwinnett and Cal State San Marcos also earned their first Top 25 rankings this season…Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively ranked active school at 74-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 67-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 40 and Mobile (Ala.) at 39... Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 44, followed by Rio Grande with 39, Bethel (Tenn.) with 11 and Hastings with 10... 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 third 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. 24)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Hastings (Neb.) (21)||7-0-0||591|
|2||4||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||4-1-2||569|
|3||5||Rio Grande (Ohio)||5-1-1||552|
|9||7||Grand View (Iowa)||7-1-0||444|
|12||2||Southern Poly (Ga.)||5-1-1||388|
|14||T14||Texas at Brownsville||7-1-0||342|
|15||16||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||6-2-1||324|
|17||22||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||5-4-0||279|
|20||RV||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||5-1-1||229|
|23||22||Cal State San Marcos||5-1-2||135|
Others Receiving Votes: Vanguard (Calif.) 77; Thomas (Ga.) 70; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 62; Campbellsville (Ky.) 49; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 47; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 27; San Diego Christian (Calif.)26; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 20; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 20; Kansas Wesleyan 19; Georgia Gwinnett 17; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 11; William Carey (Miss.) 5; Davenport (Mich.) 4; Science & Arts (Okla.) 3; Midland (Neb.) 3.
^ 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Sept. 17)