By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo – Defending national champion Concordia (Ore.) once again finds itself in the top-spot in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Earning both 591 points and receiving all 21 first-place votes for the second-consecutive week, the Cavaliers are No. 1 for the ninth-straight poll.
Concordia (9-0-1) has won five games in a row since its 1-1 draw against No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) on Sept. 5. The tie cost the school its 22-match winning streak. Included in the school’s most recent winning streak are wins against two top-five teams in back-to-back contests – No. 5 Concordia (Calif.) and then-No. 2 Westmont (Calif.). Both games were 2-1 victories for the Cavaliers.
On Sept. 27, Concordia was able to fend off Corban (Ore.) 1-0 on the road.
William Carey (Miss.) jumped up one spot into the No. 2 position with 571 points – its highest ranking in school history dating back to 1999. The Crusaders (8-0-1) are fresh off 1-0 overtime victory over sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Sept. 25 in the team’s non-conference finale on the road at Walter S. Reuling Stadium. In a defensive struggle, Susanne Waitz of William Carey was able to net the game-winner off of a deflected shot.
Cumberland (Tenn.) (9-0-1) comes in at No. 3 with 554 points. The Bulldogs only blemish on the season came on Sept. 5, when the team tied William Carey, 1-1. The rest of the top five finishes with Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (7-1-0; 533 points) and No. 5 Concordia (Calif.) (7-2-1; 514 points).
The rest of the Top 25 mirrored the top 5 teams in terms of shuffling, as only five total teams in the poll stayed in the same spot from the Sept. 23 rankings. Four new teams – No. 23 Science & Arts (Okla.), No. 24 Missouri Valley and No. 25 Biola (Calif.) and Hastings (Neb.) – broke through into the rankings.
This week’s biggest mover is The Master's (Calif.), who jumped six places from No. 15 up to No. 9. St. Thomas (Fla.) and St. Ambrose (Iowa) fell out of the rankings this week, joining Oklahoma City, who plummeted out of the poll from No. 17.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five teams from the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Southern States Athletic Conference is second with four teams ranked in the poll.The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The third regular-season Top 25 Poll will be announced on Oct. 7. The first NAIA Women’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) will be announced on Oct. 1.
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Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) Concordia (Ore.) receives its ninth-straight and 25th overall No. 1 ranking this week – third on the NAIA's all-time list… Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) owns the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 152 mentions, including a string of 122-straight top 10 rankings… Lindsey Wilson boasts the most top spot rankings at 47, followed by former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 33. … The No. 2 ranking for William Carey (Miss.) is the school’s highest ranking in program history… Concordia owns the second longest active streak at 145-straight polls … Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2013: Lindsey Wilson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Concordia … Concordia, Lindsey Wilson and Northwood were ranked in the top 10 in every poll last season… Lee’s (Tenn.) 2011 squad is the last team to receive the No. 1 preseason ranking and win the national title in the same season.2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Sept. 30)
|RANK||LAST ^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2014 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Ore.) (21)||9-0-1||591|
|2||3||William Carey (Miss.)||8-0-1||571|
|6||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||5-2-2||476|
|9||15||The Master's (Calif.)||6-2-1||442|
|10||9||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||5-2-1||432|
|12||12||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||7-1-1||391|
|15||17||Cal State San Marcos||5-2-1||303|
|18||20||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||8-1-1||269|
|20||24||Siena Heights (Mich.)||9-1-0||202|
|22||22||Trinity International (Ill.)||5-1-1||186|
|23||RV||Science & Arts (Okla.)||9-0-0||175|
Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma City 83; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 81; Grace (Ind.) 76; Bellevue (Neb.) 52; Grand View (Iowa) 29; Judson (Ill.) 25; St. Thomas (Fla.) 11; Midland (Neb.) 10; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 9; Aquinas (Mich.) 8; Carroll (Mont.) 6; Baker (Kan.) 5; Georgia Gwinnett 4; Northwest (Wash.) 3; Texas at Brownsville 3.
^ 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 (Sept. 23)