KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rio Grande (Ohio) of the Mid-South Conference sits atop the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll for the second-straight week, the national office announced Tuesday. The Red Storm, who hold a 12-1-2 mark on the season, accumulated 19 first-place votes and 560 points to earn their 41st all-time No. 1 ranking and their 58th consecutive top 10 nod.
With this week’s ranking, Rio Grande becomes the third program to have been ranked No. 1 in multiple polls this season—the previous two were Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Hastings (Neb.).
Grand View (Iowa), which currently sits atop the Midwest Collegiate Conference (6-0-0), compiled 538 points en route to the No. 2 ranking. The No. 2 position, which the Vikings have held for two-straight polls, is the highest rating for Grand View, dating back to 2000. The 15-2-0 Vikings are riding a seven-game win streak since losing 1-0 to Oklahoma Wesleyan on Oct. 3.
Lindsey Wilson accrued 525 points, including the final first-place vote, to earn the No. 3 position. Despite a 12-2-2 overall record, including losses to NCAA Division II Flagler (Fla.) and Spring Arbor (Mich.), the Blue Raiders (7-0-1) hold a narrow lead on current No. 1 Rio Grande (7-0-2) in the Mid-South Conference.
No. 4 Ashford (Iowa) and No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan round out the top five with 505 and 482 points, respectively. The 11-3-1 Saints have rebounded since losing to Grand View on Oct. 9, going 3-0-0 and earning their highest ranking, dating back to 2000, in this week’s poll. After a one-week hiatus, following the team’s second loss of the season to Missouri Valley on Oct. 15, the 13-2-0 Eagles return to the top five.
Within the poll, No. 15 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) made the largest jump, moving up eight spots, while former-No. 6 Missouri Valley fell nine positions, landing at No. 15. Former-No. 4 Benedictine (Kan.) and former-No. 9 Belhaven (Miss.) each fell eight spots, landing at No. 12 and No. 17, respectively.
There were two newcomers to the Top 25 this week: No. 24 Texas at Brownsville and No. 25 Marymount (Calif.). Texas at Brownsville returns to the Top 25 after a one-week hiatus, while Marymount makes its first appearance, dating back to 2000. The Mariners had received votes in the past four polls.
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and St. Thomas (Texas) fell out of the Top 25, after each earned its first mention of 2013 last week.
The Southern States Athletic Conference shares the lead among all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with four teams among the Top 25: No. 8 William Carey (Miss.), No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 13 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and Belhaven. The Heart of America Athletic Conference also placed four teams among the Top 25: MidAmerica Nazarene, No. 10 Baker (Kan.), Benedictine and Missouri Valley.
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 week, No. 4 Ashford (Iowa) earns its highest ranking in program history… This year, Mobile (Ala.) became the first former-No. 1 to fall out of the Top 25 in the same season since former-member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in 2008… This season, five different teams have been ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile, Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Rio Grande (Ohio)… In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson, Rio Grande and Belhaven … This is the third season—dating back to 2000, and the first since 2006—that, an NAIA-record five teams have been ranked No. 1 during the same year… Cal State San Marcos, Campbellsville (Ky.), Corban (Ore.), Georgia Gwinnett, Marymount (Calif.), Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), San Diego Christian (Calif.), St. Thomas (Texas) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) earned their first Top 25 rankings this season… Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively ranked active school at 79-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 72-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 45 and Missouri Valley at 39... Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 47, followed by Rio Grande with 41, 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 eighth 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. 29)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Rio Grande (Ohio) (19)||12-1-2||560|
|2||2||Grand View (Iowa)||15-2-0||538|
|3||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (1)||12-2-2||525|
|7||15||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||13-3-2||447|
|8||14||William Carey (Miss.)||11-3-1||439|
|9||13||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||13-2-1||405|
|11||7||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||11-5-0||371|
|13||17||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||9-3-1||324|
|19||18||San Diego Christian (Calif.)||12-2-2||231|
|24||NR||Texas at Brownsville||12-2-2||133|
Others Receiving Votes: Science & Arts (Okla.) 80; Midland (Neb.) 72; Northwest (Wash.) 66; Georgia Gwinnett 41; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 40; Concordia (Ore.) 24; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 24; Campbellsville (Ky.) 23; Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) 16; St. Thomas (Texas) 14; Kansas Wesleyan 8; Park (Mo.) 3; Northwestern Ohio 3.
^ 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Oct. 22)