By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lindsey Wilson of the Mid-South Conference earns its 45th all-time No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The 6-1-2 Blue Raiders earn their first No. 1 ranking of the 2013 season—with 15 first-place votes and 586 total points—after spending eight weeks at No. 1 in 2012.
Rio Grande (Ohio) compiled 567 points, including one first-place vote, en route to the No. 2 ranking. The 7-1-1 Red Storm are the only team to improve in every coaches’ poll this season, climbing from No. 9 to No. 8 to No. 5 to No. 3 before landing at No. 2 this week.
This is the first poll in which Mid-South Conference teams hold the top two positions since the Blue Raiders and Red Storm were No. 1 and No. 2 on Nov. 11, 2012. Lindsey Wilson leads all NAIA institutions in all-time No. 1 rankings (45) and in consecutive Top 25 rankings (75). The Blue Raiders are followed by Rio Grande with 39 all-time No. 1 rankings and 68-consecutive Top 25 rankings—second in both categories.
Preseason No. 1 Belhaven (Miss.) continues its ascent after falling to No. 10 in the first regular-season poll. The Blazers, who hold an 8-2-1 record on the season, accrued 559 points and four first-place votes to earn their highest regular-season rating of 2013 at No. 3.
Oklahoma Wesleyan joins the top five for the first time this season, with 519 points and the No. 4 ranking. The Eagles, who are 8-1-0 on the season, spent three weeks among the top five in 2012.
No. 5 Ashford (Iowa) rounds out the top five with 517 points. The Saints, who hold a 7-2-1 record this year, have been ranked among the top 10 in four-straight polls and among the top five in consecutive polls for the first time in program history.
Hastings, who had been No. 1 for two-straight polls, fell to No. 6 with 487 points and one first-place nod. The 8-1-0 Broncos suffered their first loss of the season to unranked Bellevue (Neb.) on Sept. 25.
Within the poll, No. 18 Baker (Kan.) made the largest jump, moving up seven spots, while former-No. 11 Mobile (Ala.) fell eight spots, landing at No. 19.
There were three newcomers to the Top 25, all of whom received votes in last week’s poll: No. 15 William Carey (Miss.), No. 21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 25 Martin Methodist (Tenn.). All three teams return to the Top 25 for the first time in 2013 after being ranked in multiple polls last season.
Bethel (Tenn.), Aquinas (Mich.), Southern Poly (Ga.) and Cal State San Marcos fell out of the Top 25. Southern Poly had been ranked in 32-straight polls dating back to Nov. 9, 2010.
The Southern States Athletic Conference again leads all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with five teams among the Top 25: Belhaven, No. 13 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), William Carey, Mobile, and Martin Methodist. 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) This year, four different teams have been ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile (Ala.), Hastings (Neb.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)… In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson, Rio Grande (Ohio) and Belhaven … This is the fifth season—dating back to 2000, and the first since 2008—that at least four different teams have been ranked No. 1… Since 2000, an NAIA-record five teams have been ranked No. 1 during the same season on just two occasions, in 2000 and 2006… Georgia Gwinnett, Cal State San Marcos and Wayland Baptist (Texas) earned their first Top 25 rankings this season… Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively ranked active school at 75-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 68-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 41 and Mobile at 40... Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 45, 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 fourth 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 (Oct. 1)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (15)||6-1-2||586|
|2||3||Rio Grande (Ohio) (1)||7-1-1||567|
|3||4||Belhaven (Miss.) (4)||8-2-1||559|
|6||1||Hastings (Neb.) (1)||8-1-0||487|
|9||9||Grand View (Iowa)||8-1-0||450|
|11||14||Texas at Brownsville||8-1-0||395|
|13||17||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||6-4-0||360|
|14||20||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||6-1-1||334|
|15||RV||William Carey (Miss.)||7-2-1||299|
|21||15||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||8-3-1||184|
|25||RV||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||5-2-0||106|
Others Receiving Votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 100; Vanguard (Calif.) 88; Campbellsville (Ky.) 56; Davenport (Mich.) 53; Thomas (Ga.) 49; Bethel (Tenn.) 40; Georgia Gwinnett 24; Science & Arts (Okla.) 22; San Diego Christian (Calif.) 17; Aquinas (Mich.) 17; Midland (Neb.) 14; Southern Poly (Ga.) 12; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 9; Cal State San Marcos 5; Marymount (Calif.) 4.
^ 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Sept. 24)