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Central Methodist Men's Soccer Top 25

2018 NAIA Men's Soccer Postseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll

By Pete Scantlebury, NAIA Manager of Athletic Communications

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Central Methodist (Mo.), fresh off a national championship run in its first NAIA Men’s Soccer postseason appearance, claimed the No. 1-spot in the final edition of the 2018 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

RELATED: National Championship Recap | Highlights, Photos from National Championship | 2018 Men’s Soccer All-Americans

Behind the Eagles were runners-up Missouri Valley, William Carey and Madonna (Mich.), in that order. Those teams made up the semifinalists in the 2018 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.

Top 25 Highlights

  • In a season of firsts for Central Methodist, this is the first No. 1-ranking in program history. The Eagles were well-deserved champions, finishing the season 22-2-2 and avenging their only loss in the final two months of the season by defeating Missouri Valley on penalty kicks in the national championship.
  • Missouri Valley were the national runners-up for the second year in a row, and likewise, finish another season with the No. 2 overall ranking.
  • William Carey, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, dropped to No. 3 after its first and only loss on the year. The Crusaders were knocked out by Missouri Valley in the semifinals.
  • Madonna made a huge leap, jumping from No. 19 in the final regular-season poll to No. 4 in the postseason poll. The Crusaders advanced to the semifinals as an unseeded team, their first such appearance in school history.
  • Joining the postseason poll: No. 8 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), No. 17 Mid-America Christian (Okla.), No. 21 Arizona Christian, No. 24 Reinhardt (Ga.) and No. 25 Marymount California.
  • Dropping out of the poll this week: Science & Arts (Okla.), Benedictine (Kan.), The Master’s (Calif.), Wayland Baptist (Texas), University of Northwestern Ohio, and Point (Ga.)
  • Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the record as the longest consecutively ranked active school at 128-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the Top 25 in 2007. Rio Grande (Ohio) is second on the list with 118 consecutive polls.

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.

2018 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Postseason (Dec. 5)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1ST-PLACE VOTES] RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 3 Central Methodist (Mo.) [18] 22-2-2 498
2 8 Missouri Valley 18-4-3 482
3 2 William Carey (Miss.) 20-1-1 463
4 19 Madonna (Mich.) 19-5-0 450
5 1 Rio Grande (Ohio) 20-1-0 426
6 4 Oklahoma Wesleyan 20-4-0 425
7 10 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 20-3-0 404
8 NR Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 18-5-1 376
9 12 Baker (Kan.) 16-6-0 356
10 11 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 17-5-1 335
11 9 Vanguard (Calif.) 12-5-2 331
12 NR Georgia Gwinnett 12-6-1 320
13 14 Southern Oregon 17-3-3 291
14 16 Corban (Ore.) 15-4-1 289
15 6 Bellevue (Neb.) 18-2-2 281
16 5 Hastings (Neb.) 17-3-0 264
17 NR Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 13-6-1 258
18 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 15-3-1 249
19 21 Kansas Wesleyan 17-5-0 169
20 18 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 15-5-0 167
21 NR Arizona Christian 15-5-2 148
22 22 Columbia (Mo.) 13-6-1 145
23 15 Bethel (Tenn.) 15-4-1 112
24 NR Reinhardt (Ga.) 14-4-2 107
25 NR Marymount California 13-4-3 103

Dropped out: Science & Arts (Okla.), Benedictine (Kan.), The Master’s (Calif.), Wayland Baptist (Texas), University of Northwestern Ohio, Point (Ga.)

Receiving votes: Southeastern (Fla.) 91, Science & Arts (Okla.) 76, Benedictine (Kan.) 55, UC Merced 49, LSU-Alexandria 37, The Master’s (Calif.) 34, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 29, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 27, Mobile (Ala.) 17, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 10, William Woods (Mo.) 6, Huntington (Ind.) 6, Northwestern Ohio 5, Missouri Baptist 3

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Soccer Championship
Sport Rules - Soccer (M)