By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Grand View (Iowa) of the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) sits atop the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Vikings, who are 17-2-0 on the year, accumulated 17 first-place votes and 557 points to earn their second-straight No. 1 ranking.
The final regular-season poll will be released at 4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 17, while the final Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) and the 32 national championship qualifiers will be announced at 7:30 p.m. CST. The Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round pairings will be unveiled on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. CST via a live graphical show.
Grand View, which won the MCC regular-season title, will play for the MCC Tournament Championship—and an automatic bid to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round—on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Vikings will take on St. Ambrose (Iowa), which holds a 13-7-0 record, in the title game.
Mid-South Conference (MSC) regular-season champion Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) compiled one first-place vote and 542 total points en route to the No. 2 ranking. The 14-2-2 Blue Raiders are one of two teams to have been ranked among the top 10 for the entirety of the 2013 season, along with MSC foe Rio Grande (Ohio). The two teams, which have accounted for every MSC regular-season and tournament title since the Red Storm joined the conference in 2009, will compete in the MSC Tournament semifinal round on Thursday, Nov. 14. If they can dispatch with Cumberland (Tenn.) and receiving votes Campbellsville (Ky.), the teams would then face off in the MSC Tournament Championship on Friday, Nov. 15.
Ashford (Iowa) accrued 520 points, including a first-place vote, to earn the No. 3 position. The Saints will compete in the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament, beginning Nov. 15.
No. 4 Oklahoma Wesleyan, with one first-place nod and 509 points, and No. 5 Hastings, with 485 points, round out the top five. The Eagles won the Midlands Collegiate Conference (MCC) regular-season title and will compete in the MCC Tournament, beginning Nov. 15. The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular-season champion Broncos will play for the GPAC Tournament Championship—and an automatic bid to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round—when they face off against No. 25 Midland (Neb.) on Nov. 14.
Within the poll, No. 17 Science & Arts (Okla.) made the largest jump, moving up seven spots, while former No. 12 Wayland Baptist (Texas) fell 10 positions, landing at No. 22. Science & Arts makes the jump after winning the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) regular-season title and advancing to the SAC Tournament finals. Wayland Baptist drops in the poll after suffering a loss to unranked St. Gregory’s (Okla.) in the SAC Tournament quarterfinals.
No. 24 St. Thomas (Texas) and No. 25 Midland (Neb.) were the newcomers to the Top 25 this week. St. Thomas, which clinched an automatic berth to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round by winning the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament, returns to the poll after a two-week hiatus. Midland returns to the poll after a four-week hiatus and will face off against No. 5 Hastings in the GPAC Tournament Championship on Nov. 14.
Marymount (Calif.) and Texas at Brownsville fell out of the Top 25. Both had been ranked for two-straight polls.
The Southern States Athletic Conference shares the lead among all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with four teams among the Top 25: No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 12 William Carey (Miss.), No. 14 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and No. 16 Belhaven (Miss.). The Heart of America Athletic Conference also placed four teams among the Top 25: No. 7 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 8 Baker (Kan.), No. 9 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 15 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) Grand View (Iowa) earns back-to-back No. 1 rankings for the first time in program history in this week’s poll… 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 an NAIA-record six different teams have been ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile, Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Rio Grande (Ohio) and Grand View… In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson, Rio Grande and Belhaven… 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 81-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 74-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 47 and Missouri Valley at 41... 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, 19 different teams have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… Fifteen of the 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the tenth 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 (Nov. 12)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Grand View (Iowa) (17)||17-2-0||557|
|2||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (1)||14-2-2||542|
|3||3||Ashford (Iowa) (1)||12-3-1||520|
|4||4||Oklahoma Wesleyan (1)||16-2-0||509|
|6||6||Rio Grande (Ohio)||13-2-2||473|
|7||7||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||13-3-2||455|
|11||8||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||13-6-0||389|
|12||10||William Carey (Miss.)||12-5-1||347|
|14||14||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||12-3-1||314|
|17||24||Science & Arts (Okla.)||13-4-0||262|
|22||12||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||13-3-2||174|
|24||RV||St. Thomas (Texas)||13-3-2||109|
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Gwinnett 87; Northwestern Ohio 79; Marymount (Calif.) 71; Corban (Ore.) 67; Texas at Brownsville 45; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 25; Texas Wesleyan 21; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 21; Concordia (Ore.) 17; Park (Mo.) 12; Campbellsville (Ky.) 11; San Diego Christian (Calif.) 9; Kansas Wesleyan 3.
^ 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 5)