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.
- 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|
|5||5||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||4-1-0||449|
|T7||9||William Carey (Miss.)||6-1-0||427|
|10||8||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||5-2-1||393|
|11||14||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||4-2-1||352|
|17||18||Siena Heights (Mich.)||6-1-0||237|
|20||25||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||6-2-0||199|
|21||11||The Master’s (Calif.)||3-4-1||172|
|23||NR||St. Thomas (Fla.)||3-3-0||134|
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