By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the seventh-consecutive time, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the No. 1 ranking. The unanimous top pick posted 591 points in the first regular-season edition of the 2012 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Blue Raiders own the nation's longest winning streak at 27-straight matches dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
No. 2 Southern Poly (Ga.) moves up one slot for its highest ranking in school history. Thanks to a season-opening win over then-No. 2 Baker (Kan.) on Aug. 24, Science & Arts (Okla.) improved to the third position. No. 4 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) gathered 513 total points to move into the top five for the first time since 2008. Despite a loss to then-No. 25 Saint Xavier (Ill.) on Aug. 24, No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio) clings to the top five with 501 points.
No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) is this week's biggest mover. Behind a 2-0-1 start, the Pioneers (photo on right, courtesy of Hannah Trott, MidAmerica Nazarene) are ranked for the first time since Aug. 18, 2009 when they were 19th in the preseason poll. The impressive output came in the 3-3 draw against then-No. 5 William Carey (Miss.).
No. 14 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 19 Texas at Brownsville are the other two newcomers.
Three programs, Baker (No. 2), Kansas Wesleyan (No. 15) and Concordia (Ore.) (No. 16), all fell out this week.
The Southern States Athletic Conference leads all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups with five teams in the Top 25: Southern Poly, Auburn Montgomery, No. 6 Belhaven (Miss.), No. 9 Mobile (Ala.) and No. 16 William Carey (Miss.). The Heart of America Athletic Conference placed a trio of ranked clubs in the poll. Four other conferences and the Unaffiliated Group of the TranSouth/Frontier Conferences landed a pair of teams in the Top 25.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independents/unaffiliated groups. The second regular-season poll will be announced on Sept. 11.
NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000) No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) increases the difference between second-place Rio Grande (Ohio) for the most all-time No. 1 rankings as the Blue Raiders stand with 38 - Rio Grande is at 35, and is followed by Bethel (Tenn.) (11), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9) and Hastings (Neb.) (8)... Fourteen of 23 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented... Through two polls (including preseason), there have been 28 programs ranked... Rio Grande has been ranked in the top 10 for the last 38-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2009 season... Overall, there have been 16 different teams to claim the No. 1 spot... Lindsey Wilson holds the distinction of being consecutively ranked the longest among active schools - 59-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll... Rio Grande is next in line with 52, Belhaven (Miss.) at 25, Mobile (Ala.) at 24 and Grand View (Iowa) at 23... Kansas Wesleyan had its streak of 25-straight weeks of being ranked stopped in this poll, which was tied for the third-longest active span... Since 2000, two teams have rattled through the entire season ranked No. 1 - Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande during the 2004 campaign.
2012 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 1
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (21)||4-0-0||591|
|2||3||Southern Poly (Ga.)||2-0-0||569|
|3||7||Science & Arts (Okla.)||2-0-1||551|
|4||9||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||2-0-1||513|
|5||4||Rio Grande (Ohio)||2-1-0||501|
|10||RV||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||2-0-1||424|
|16||5||William Carey (Miss.)||1-1-1||286|
|17||25||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||2-1-0||246|
|19||RV||Texas at Brownsville||1-0-2||226|
|20||6||Grand View (Iowa)||0-2-0||203|
|22||21||Great Falls (Mont.)||3-0-1||139|
Others receiving votes: Ashford (Iowa) 107; Kansas Wesleyan 91; Robert Morris (Ill.) 83; Northwood (Fla.) 82; Concordia (Ore.) 57; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 57; Oklahoma City 54; Midland (Neb.) 45; Indiana Tech 32; Cumberlands (Ky.) 31; Vanguard (Calif.) 23; Lee (Tenn.) 21; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 20; Bethel (Ind.) 17; Tennessee Wesleyan 16; Oklahoma Baptist 6; Graceland (Iowa) 6; McPherson (Kan.) 4.
^ Indicates the 2012 preseason poll announced on Aug. 14