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2017 Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll

August 15, 2017
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Story by Trevor Lininger, NAIA Athletic Communications and Media Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following its second championship in program history, the Broncos of Hastings (Neb.) claim the No. 1 ranking in the 2017 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Hastings earned the maximum 498 total points to gain the top ranking for the 12th time in school history.

Top 25 Highlights: 

• After being ranked No. 25 in the 2016 preseason poll, the Broncos were in the top five for the rest of the 2016 season which they capped off with a 1-0 victory over Rio Grande (Ohio) in the NAIA National Championship
• Hastings (Neb.) return three NAIA All-Americans from 2016, including Daniel Whitehall, who was the 2016 National Player of the Year. Whitehall owns the school record for goals in a season with 34, and points in a season, with 77. GPAC defensive player of the year and 2nd Team All-American Joe White returns at goalkeeper for his senior season with the Broncos.
• No. 25 Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) joins the Top 25 for the first time since 2013.
• Rio Grande (Ohio) holds the record for most No. 1 rankings with 57. They currently are ranked No. 2. The RedStorm were 2015 NAIA National Champions and the National Runner-Up in 2016.
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the record for the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 106-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the 2007 Top 25 Poll (Sept. 5). Rio Grande is second with 99-consecutive rankings.

Poll Methodology:

• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions 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 considered 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 teams appear on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete men’s soccer ratings calendar, click here.

2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Aug. 15)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL 2016 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Hastings (Neb.) 24-0-1 498
2 2 Rio Grande (Ohio) 21-2-2 482
3 4 Grand View (Iowa) 17-7-1 457
4 5 Northwestern Ohio 19-2-3 450
5 6 WVU Tech 18-3-2 429
6 8 Oklahoma Wesleyan 19-1-2 426
7 9 William Carey (Miss.) 16-3-2 390
8 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 16-4-1 375
9 11 Marymount (Calif.) 17-2-2 369
10 12 Corban (Ore.) 20-3-0 345
11 17 Bryan (Tenn.) 16-3-3 343
12 13 Thomas (Ga.) 15-4-2 319
13 14 Midland (Neb.) 17-4-1 307
14 15 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 15-4-4 292
15 7 Union (Ky.) 19-3-2 277
16 16 Campbellsville (Ky.) 16-2-3 261
17 18 Baker (Kan.) 13-5-2 248
18 19 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 16-4-2 207
19 T24 John Brown (Ark.) 13-4-2 195
20 21 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 13-5-2 180
21 23 Georgia Gwinnett 13-4-3 167
22 25 Menlo (Calif.) 15-5-1 163
23 T24 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 13-4-2 147
24 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 14-4-3 130
25 NR Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 12-4-4 102

Others Receiving Votes: Westmont (Calif.) 70, Benedictine (Kan.) 46, McPherson (Kan.) 42, St. Thomas (Fla.) 28, Columbia (Mo.) 28, Vanguard (Calif.) 26, Dalton State (Ga.) 22, Reinhardt (Ga.) 19, Bellevue (Neb.) 17, Southern Oregon 16, Indiana Tech 14, Missouri Valley 5.