By Pete Scantlebury, NAIA Manager of Athletics Communications
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Just one point separates the top of the 2018 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, as William Carey (Miss.) is atop the standings yet again, but separated from No. 2 Oklahoma Wesleyan by the slimmest of margins.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
- William Carey maintained its unblemished record with two shutout wins against Brewton-Parker (Ga.) and Middle Georgia State by a combined 14-0
score line. The Crusades have six shutout victories on the season and are 11-0-0 overall.
- Oklahoma Wesleyan gained a first-place vote after an undefeated week. The Eagles’ defense saw its goalless streak end at 383:33 in a 9-2 win over Avila. Prior to that goal in the game’s 65th minute, the Eagles had not surrendered a goal since the 41st minute against Bethel (Kan.) on Sept. 22.
- Rio Grande (Ohio) received the final first-place vote
ofthis week and maintained its No. 5 ranking. RioGrande is also a perfect 11-0-0 this season.
- University of Northwestern Ohio, Southern Oregon and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) all entered the poll this week. They made appearances at Nos. 23, 24 and 25, respectively.
- Westmont (Calif.), Madonna (Mich.) and Columbia (Mo.) fell out of the poll.
- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the record as the longest consecutively ranked active school at 123-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the Top 25 in 2007.
RioGrande is second on the list with 113 consecutive polls.
- 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-placeand 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.”
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2018 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 5 (Oct. 2)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||1||William Carey (Miss.) (9)||11-0-0||490|
|2||2||Oklahoma Wesleyan (8)||9-1-0||489|
|5||5||Rio Grande (Ohio) (1)||11-0-0||431|
|6||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||9-1-1||424|
|7||9||Central Methodist (Mo.)||10-1-2||403|
|10||11||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||11-1-0||361|
|11||13||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||10-2-0||321|
|13||12||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||8-2-0||309|
|14||18||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||10-2-0||303|
|18||19||Southwestern Christian (Okla.)||12-1-0||223|
|20||21||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||10-3-0||205|
|23||NR||University of Northwestern Ohio||8-2-2||124|
|25||NR||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||8-2-0||84|
Dropped from the Top 25: Westmont (Calif.), Columbia (Mo.), Madonna (Mich.)
Receiving votes: William Woods (Mo.) 54, WVU Tech 53, Georgia Gwinnett 49, Westmont (Calif.) 49, Bethel (Tenn.) 47, Grace (Ind.) 24, Marymount California 20, Science & Arts (Okla.) 20, Keiser (Fla.) 15, Cumberlands (Ky.) 12, Columbia (Mo.) 11, Indiana Tech 9, Point (Ga.) 9, Kansas Wesleyan 5, LSU Alexandria (La.) 4, Arizona Christian 3, Madonna (Mich.) 3