By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), who boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings in NAIA history with 48 dating back to 1999, again rests atop the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Blue Raiders received 15-of-21 first-place votes and 585 points en route to their fifth top mention of 2013 – first since Sept. 24.
Lindsey Wilson (11-2-0) enters the week tied atop the Mid-South Conference (MSC) standings with No. 11 Cumberland (Tenn.), as both teams currently stand at 5-0-0. The Blue Raiders, who square off against Cumberland on Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT, have won four-straight, including a 1-0 win against then-No. 24 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) last weekend. The Blue Raiders are 4-1-0 against ranked teams this year.
Leaping two places to its highest ranking of the season is No. 2 Concordia (Ore.) with two first-place votes and 557 points. The Cavaliers (9-1-1) have won seven of their last eight and enter the week 3-0-0 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Concordia showcases one of the NAIA’s best offensive attacks, ranking fifth in shots per game (23.0), ninth in assists per game (3.27) and 12th in total assists (36). They return to the pitch on Thursday when they travel to Southern Oregon.
Westmont (Calif.), which holds a 9-0-2 record on the year, accumulated the final four first-place votes and 554 points to earn the No. 3 rating for the second-straight week. The Warriors went 1-0-1 last week with a 4-0 thrashing of Hope International (Calif.) and a 0-0 tie against then-receiving votes Biola (Calif.).
No. 4 Northwood (Fla.), who is also receiving its highest ranking of the season after spending the past four polls at No. 5, and No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) round out the top five with 522 and 488 points, respectively. This past weekend, Northwood (10-1-1) upset then-top-ranked Embry-Riddle (10-2-1), 3-2, in overtime. The win was the first for the Seahawks against a No. 1 ranked team in the history of the program and extended their conference regular-season unbeaten streak to 32-consecutive matches.
Within the poll, No. 12 Concordia (Calif.) made the largest jump, moving up four spots from the last edition. The Eagles have won eight-straight, including four against ranked teams, and enter the week as the only unbeaten team in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) at 4-0-0. However, Concordia faces arguably its toughest test on Tuesday when they travel to Westmont.
Conversely, No. 24 Texas at Brownsville and No. 22 Graceland (Iowa) highlight the negative movement within the Top 25. The Ocelots dropped a poll-high nine places after losing to then-unranked Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 1-0, on Oct. 10, while Graceland fell eight places. The Yellow Jackets are 0-3-2 in their last five matches.
There were three newcomers to the Top 25, all of whom received votes in last week’s poll: No. 19 Avila (Mo.), No. 21 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and No. 23 Biola (Calif.). Avila and Our Lady of the Lake are making their first-ever appearance in the Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll – dating back to 1999 – while Biola was ranked twice earlier this year.
Thomas (Ga.) (No. 24), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (No. 24) and Baker (Kan.) (No. 23) dropped from the poll.
Twelve conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five programs from the GSAC – Westmont, No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.), Concordia (Calif.), No. 15 The Master’s (Calif.) and Biola.
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 leads all NAIA schools with 48 all-time No. 1 rankings … The Blue Raiders have headlined the poll five times in 2013 … Former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) boasts the second-most No. 1’s with 32, followed by Westmont (Calif.) (19), Concordia (Ore.) (16) and former member Lee (Tenn.) (16) … Three different teams have been ranked No. 1 in 2013 – Lindsey Wilson, Vanguard (Calif.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) … Overall, 13 different programs have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll … Lindsey Wilson also owns the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 156-consecutive mentions, including a string of 126-straight top 10 rankings … No. 2 Concordia (Ore.) owns the second longest active streak at 136-straight polls … Davenport’s (Mich.) No. 7 ranking is the highest in program history … Westmont’s No. 3 ranking in the fifth regular-season edition was its first top three mention since Sept. 13, 2006 … No. 19 Avila (Mo.) and No. 21 Our Lady of the Lake are making its first-ever appearance in the Top 25 … Twelve of the 21 conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups are represented in the sixth regular-season Top 25 … Thirty-six teams have been ranked through four polls in 2013.2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6 (Oct. 15)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (15)||11-2-0||585|
|2||4||Concordia (Ore.) (2)||9-1-1||557|
|3||3||Westmont (Calif.) (4)||9-0-2||554|
|8||8||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||13-2-1||455|
|9||9||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||9-1-1||429|
|10||10||William Carey (Miss.)||9-4-0||415|
|14||17||St. Thomas (Fla.)||10-1-1||327|
|15||11||The Master’s (Calif.)||11-1-0||319|
|17||19||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||8-3-1||270|
|21||RV||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||12-1-1||190|
|24||15||Texas at Brownsville||8-3-0||123|
|25||21||Cal State San Marcos||7-4-1||116|
Others Receiving Votes: Thomas (Ga.) 104; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 92; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 57; Robert Morris (Ill.) 45; Grace (Ind.) 43; Kansas Wesleyan 34; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 22; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 21; Hastings (Neb.) 16; Georgia Gwinnett 10; Marymount (Calif.) 7; Mobile (Ala.) 5; Southern Oregon 5; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 4; Aquinas (Mich.) 3; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 3.