By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo – For the second-straight week in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, Cumberland (Tenn.) earns the top spot, the national office announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs claimed the No. 1 ranking for the second time in school history, accumulating 591 points and all 21 first-place votes.
Cumberland (11-0-1) has been on fire since its 1-1 tie to then-No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) on Sept. 5, winning 10 matches in-a-row – including eight shutouts.
In the last three contests, the Bulldogs have a scoring margin of 33-0 and have not surrender a goal since Sept. 23 in a 2-1 overtime win over then ninth-ranked Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
Next up for Cumberland is a tilt with Georgetown (Ky.) on Friday.
Holding steady at No. 2 is Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (11-1-0) with 564 points. The Eagles are riding a six-match winning streak after losing to William Carey, 2-1, on Sept. 12. Embry-Riddle is fresh off a 3-0 blanking of USC Beaufort (S.C.) on Oct. 12, and look to continue the momentum into its home matchup with No. 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Wednesday.
Concordia (Ore.) (11-1-1) comes in at No. 3, earning 550 points. The Cavaliers rebounded from their 1-0 loss to the College of Idaho on Oct. 4 with a 2-1 victory over Warner Pacific (Ore.). The loss to the Yotes was the first defeat Concordia suffered since Sept. 15, 2013, when it fell to Embry-Riddle 2-1.
Southern Oregon pays a visit to the Cavaliers on Thursday.
The rest of the top five features No. 4 William Carey (10-1-1) with 545 points and No. 5 Concordia (Calif.) (10-2-1) collecting 515 points.
The top six schools within the rankings maintained their positions in this week’s poll, as No. 7 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) was the first institution to change slots from the Oct. 7 release, moving up from No. 8. Ninth-ranked Biola (Calif.) is the biggest riser in the rankings, leaping from 22nd position after its 1-0 upset of then-No. 7 The Master’s (Calif.) on Oct. 8.
No. 23 Brenau (Ga.) fell five spots from No. 18 last week, while two programs – No. 22 Grace (Ind.) and No. 25 Bellevue (Neb.) – rose into the Top 25.
For Grace, its 1-0 defeat of then-No. 21 Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) on Oct. 11 propelled the Lancers to their first national ranking in program history.
Twelve 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 fifth regular-season Top 25 Poll will be announced on Oct. 21. The second edition of the Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) will be revealed on Oct. 22.
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Notes: (All information dates back to 1999) The No. 1 ranking for Cumberland (Tenn.) is the second in school history and second-consecutive top-spot… Embry-Riddle (Fla.) remained at No. 2, its highest ranking since being No. 1 on Oct. 8, 2013… Grace (Ind.) finds itself in the Top 25 for the first time in school history… Sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) owns the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 154 mentions, including a string of 124-straight top 10 rankings… Lindsey Wilson boasts the most top spot rankings at 47, followed by former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 33. … Concordia (Ore.) owns the second longest active streak at 147-straight polls … Cumberland and Concordia remain the only two teams to be No. 1 in 2014… 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. 4 (Oct. 14)
|RANK||LAST ^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2014 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Cumberland (Tenn.) (21)||11-0-1||591|
|4||4||William Carey (Miss.)||10-1-1||545|
|6||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||7-2-2||495|
|7||8||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||7-2-1||470|
|10||10||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||11-1-1||429|
|11||7||The Master's (Calif.)||9-3-1||395|
|15||16||Cal State San Marcos||7-2-1||313|
|17||13||Siena Heights (Mich.)||12-2-0||289|
|21||25||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||7-3-1||206|
|24||21||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||10-3-1||132|
Others Receiving Votes: Trinity International (Ill.) 93; Westminster (Utah) 85; Oklahoma Baptist 61; Aquinas (Mich.) 46; Northwest (Wash.) 44; Texas at Brownsville 39; Science & Arts (Okla.) 32; Missouri Valley 17; Carroll (Mont.) 15; Georgia Gwinnett 7; Kansas Wesleyan 5; AIB (Iowa) 3; College of Idaho 3.
^ 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (Oct. 7)