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2015 Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1

Lindsey Wilson
September 22, 2015
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending national champion Lindsey Wilson secures the No. 1 spot in the first regular-season edition of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The second regular-season edition will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):

  • This marks the third-straight poll that Lindsey Wilson earns the No. 1 ranking. The Blue Raiders received 16-of-19 possible first place votes for a total of 527 points. No. 2 Mobile (Ala.) received the three remaining first-place votes and received 508 points.
  • Mobile had the biggest jump in the poll, moving up eight spots from No. 10 to No. 2. Cumberland (Tenn.) fell 15 spots from No. 4 to No. 19.
  • Twelve of the 19 conferences are represented in the top 25. The Golden State Athletic Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented – No. 9 Westmont (Calif.), No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 14 Biola (Calif.) and No. 21 The Master’s (Calif.).
  • Four teams join this week’s poll – No. 18 Baker (Kan.), No. 23 St. Thomas (Fla.), No. 24 Oklahoma City and No. 25 Columbia (Mo.)
  • Lindsey Wilson has the most No. 1 rankings with 49. Former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is second with 33. The Blue Raiders hold the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 161-consecutive mentions, including 132-straight in the Top 10.
  • No team has gone the entire season ranked No. 1.
  • Northwestern Ohio has been ranked in the Top 10 in nine-straight polls, dating back to Oct. 7 of last year.

Poll Methodology:

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of 19 head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the team appears on.
  • Teams who receive only one point in the ballot will not be listed in the “Receiving Votes” category.
  • The Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) is a separate ranking conducted on Sept. 29, Oct. 20 and Nov. 16. The MRPI—first adopted in 2010—will select the at-large national championship qualifying teams and seed the 32-team national championship opening round field.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Sept. 22)

RANK LAST ^ SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES) 2015 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (16) 4-0-2 527
2 10 Mobile (Ala.) (3) 8-0-0 508
3 2 Northwestern Ohio 4-2-2 472
4 3 Keiser (Fla.) 4-1-1 452
5 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 4-1-0 449
6 6 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-0-1 446
T7 9 William Carey (Miss.) 6-1-0 427
T7 15 Grace (Ind.) 8-0-0 427
9 7 Westmont (Calif.) 4-1-0 413
10 8 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 5-2-1 393
11 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 4-2-1 352
12 12 Vanguard (Calif.) 6-1-0 343
13 23 Missouri Valley 6-0-2 325
14 22 Biola (Calif.) 6-0-1 323
15 16 Bellevue (Neb.) 6-2-0 264
16 21 Concordia (Neb.) 6-1-0 241
17 18 Siena Heights (Mich.) 6-1-0 237
18 RV Baker (Kan.) 7-1-0 233
19 4 Cumberland (Tenn.) 2-4-0 215
20 25 Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 6-2-0 199
21 11 The Master’s (Calif.) 3-4-1 172
22 13 Hastings (Neb.) 3-4-0 135
23 NR St. Thomas (Fla.) 3-3-0 134
24 RV Oklahoma City 3-2-0 125
25 NR Columbia (Mo.) 6-1-0 112
 
Dropped from the Top 25: Trinity International (Ill.); Science & Arts (Okla.); Northwest (Wash.); Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).

Others receiving votes: Houston-Victoria (Texas) 111; Ottawa (Kan.) 100; Kansas Wesleyan 45; John Brown (Ark.) 37; Middle Georgia State 36; Concordia (Mich.) 35; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 22; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 22; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 21; Marian (Ind.) 18; Campbellsville (Ky.) 16; UC Merced 15; Georgia Gwinnett 6; Hope International (Calif.) 6; Oklahoma Wesleyan 5.

^2015 Women's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll announced Sept. 22

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Soccer Championship
Sports Rules - Soccer (W)
Official Merchandise-Women's Soccer