By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo – For the third-straight week of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, Cumberland (Tenn.) is No. 1, the national office announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs claimed 591 points and all 21 first-place votes, earning the school’s third top spot in program history.
Cumberland (12-0-1) has rattled off 11 wins in-a-row since its 1-1 tie to then-No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) on Sept. 5. Most recently, the squad produced a 4-0 blanking of Georgetown (Ky.) on Oct. 17.
The Bulldogs have played stifling defense in 2014, allowing only five goals on the year. The team has pitched shutouts in four-straight contests, and eight of the last nine matches.
Cumberland last gave up a goal on Sept. 23 in a 2-1 overtime win over then ninth-ranked Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
Asbury (Ky.) is next on the slate for the Bulldogs on Thursday.
No. 2 is Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (13-1-0) with 570 points. Since dropping to William Carey 2-1 on Sept. 12, the Eagles are riding an eight-match winning streak and are coming off a 2-0 victory over Thomas (Ga.).
Embry-Riddle also held off then-No. 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 2-1, on Oct. 15. The Eagles look to finish the regular season on a high note, as they take on Warner (Fla.) on Sunday.
Concordia (Ore.) (13-1-1) remains at No. 3, earning 548 points. The Cavaliers bounced back from their 1-0 loss to the College of Idaho on Oct. 4 with three-consecutive triumphs – Warner Pacific (Ore.), Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech.
Evergreen (Wash.) hosts the Cavaliers on Thursday.
The rest of the top five includes No. 4 William Carey (12-1-1) with 541 points and No. 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), (9-2-1) earning 503 points.
There was a lot of movement within the poll this week, as only five schools stood their ground from the Oct. 14 release – Cumberland, Embry-Riddle, Concordia, William Carey and No. 15 Cal State San Marcos.
No. 10 Vanguard (Calif.) was the biggest riser this week, vaulting four spots from No. 14 following its 2-1 upset of then-No. 9 Biola (Calif.) on Oct. 18. Biola fell the furthest out of any school, dropping nine slots to No. 18 after dropping two straight to Concordia (Calif.) and Vanguard, respectively.
No newcomer surfaced in the rankings this week.
No. 21 Grace (Ind.) rose one spot in the Top 25. The national ranking is the second-consecutive and highest position the Lancers have held in school 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 sixth regular-season Top 25 Poll will be announced on Oct. 28. 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 top-spot for Cumberland (Tenn.) is the third in school history and third-consecutive No. 1… Embry-Riddle (Fla.) remained at No. 2, its highest ranking since being No. 1 on Oct. 8, 2013… No. 21 Grace (Ind.) finds itself in the Top 25 for the second-straight poll and second time in school history… The Golden State Athletic Conference lead with five teams ranked and own the middle of the poll, placing schools at No. 10, No. 11 and No. 13… Seventh-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) owns the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 155 mentions, including a string of 125-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 148-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. 5 (Oct. 21)
|RANK||LAST ^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2014 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Cumberland (Tenn.) (21)||12-0-1||591|
|4||4||William Carey (Miss.)||12-1-1||541|
|5||7||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||9-2-1||503|
|7||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||8-3-2||469|
|9||10||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||13-1-1||446|
|13||11||The Master's (Calif.)||10-4-1||342|
|15||15||Cal State San Marcos||8-2-2||323|
|19||21||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||9-3-1||246|
|20||17||Siena Heights (Mich.)||12-3-0||224|
|T23||24||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||12-3-1||164|
Others Receiving Votes: Westminster (Utah), 99; Trinity International (Ill.), 99; Oklahoma Baptist, 60; Northwest (Wash.), 42; Missouri Valley, 29; Science & Arts (Okla.), 28; Aquinas (Mich.), 23; Kansas Wesleyan, 14; Georgia Gwinnett, 7; Viterbo (Wis.), 6; Carroll (Mont.), 6; Texas at Brownsville, 6.
^ 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No.4 (Oct. 14)