KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Just days removed from the 2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship game, William Carey (Miss.) ends the season on top of the coaches’ Top 25 after a 1-0 win over Keiser (Fla.). The win was the first women’s soccer red banner for the Lady Crusaders and the second NAIA title overall in school history.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
- William Carey finished with all 18 first-place points as Ana Paula Santos and April Stewart were both named NAIA All-America First-Team Selections. Stewart was also named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the 2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship while Santos was named the Most Valuable Player.
- Keiser, who finished as the runner-up, outscored its opponents 14-2 during national championship play, including the opening round.
- Southeastern (Fla.) moved from No. 1 to No. 3 in the poll as Uchenna Kanu entered the record books as the new single season scoring leader in the NAIA. The junior posted 57 goals, seven of which came during 2018 championship play.
- Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Benedictine (Kan.) rounded-out the top five.
- Midland (Neb.) made the largest jump in the poll after a run to the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinal Round on an advancement via penalty kicks. The Warriors upset Martin Methodist (Tenn.) with a 1-1 draw and were assisted by the tremendous play of goalkeeper Rachel Thigpen. The sophomore from Santee, Calif., was named an All-America First Team selection.
- Spring Arbor continues to hold the longest active Top 25 Poll streak, moving to 96 consecutive appearances in the poll. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the national record since 1999 with 203 consecutive appearances, which was stopped on Oct. 24, 2017. Keiser (Fla.) is right behind Spring Arbor at No. 9, extending its streak to 94 weeks.
- Lindsey Wilson own the most No. 1 rankings since 1999 with 58, followed by former member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 32. Spring Arbor is in third with 23 followed closely by Westmont (Calif.) and former member Concordia (Ore.) with 19 apiece.
- 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 ratings) 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 appears on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”
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2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Postseason (December 5, 2018)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL||RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||3||William Carey (Miss.)||21-3||498|
|3||2||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||20-2-1||458|
|6||10||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||13-4-2||418|
|7||5||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||19-1-2||393|
|13||24||John Brown (Ark.)||16-5-1||307|
|17||NR||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||16-4||221|
|18||16||University of Northwestern Ohio||13-5-3||214|
|20||15||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||21-2-2||171|
|23||NR||Science & Arts (Okla.)||16-5-1||131|
|25||NR||Hope International (Calif.)||13-6-2||120|
Dropped from the Top 25: Marian (Ind.), Cumberlands (Ky.), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Texas Wesleyan
Others Receiving Votes: Marian (Ind.) 109, Central Methodist (Mo.) 97, Oklahoma Wesleyan 74, Truett McConnell (Ga.) 45, Cumberlands (Ky.) 39, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 34, Aquinas (Mich.) 28, Ottawa (Kan.) 20, LSU Shreveport (La.) 9, Texas Wesleyan 8, Concordia (Neb.) 6, The Master's (Calif.) 5, Missouri Baptist 4