Fifth-ranked Baker (Kan.) moved up one position for its first top-five spot since the 2009 season. The Wildcats replaced last week's No. 5 team, Azusa Pacific (Calif.), who fell seven positions to 12th. That downward slide was the worst within the poll as the Cougars recorded a loss and a tie last week.
No. 17 Kansas Wesleyan improved six positions for the biggest jump within the Top 25. After a 4-3 start to the year, the Coyotes have won four-straight matches.
Topping the newcomers list is No. 25 Tennessee Wesleyan, with its first national ranking since polls are available dating back to 1999. The Bulldogs are 10-2 and have posted a current seven-game winning streak. No. 21 Biola (Calif.) and No. 22 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) join the rankings after taking a one-week hiatus.
Ranked 14th last week, Northwood (Fla.) dropped out of the entire receiving votes list. The Seahawks lost twice in a four-day span. Graceland (Iowa) (No. 20) and The Master's (Calif.) (No. 24) were the other teams to fall out of the Top 25 this week.
The Southern States Athletic Conference landed five teams in the Top 25, the most of any of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups: Mobile, No. 7 William Carey (Miss.), No. 10 Belhaven (Miss.), No. 15 Southern Poly (Ga.) and No. 20 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). The Golden State Athletic Conference placed four teams in the rankings. Overall, 14 of the 22 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independents/unaffiliated groups. The seventh regular-season Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Oct. 18.
Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) are members of the Mid-South Conference... After being ranked for the first time this year on Sept. 20, No. 9 Concordia (Calif.) is in the top 10 for the first time since 2009... There have been 43 programs ranked in seven polls this season and 14 of those have held a spot each week... With seven No. 1 rankings earned in 2011, Hastings is sixth on the list for the most top billings all time... No. 3 Rio Grande has been ranked in the top 10 for the last 30-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2009 season... Rio Grande holds the most No. 1 mentions since 2000 with 36... Overall, there have been 16 different teams to claim the No. 1 spot, after Rio Grande there is Lindsey Wilson in second (31), followed by Bethel (Tenn.) (11), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9), Hastings (7), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (5) and Concordia (Calif.) (5)... Lindsey Wilson holds the distinction of being consecutively ranked the longest among active schools - 51-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll... Rio Grande is next in line with 45, followed by Azusa Pacific with 38 and Hastings with 36... Since 2000, two teams have rattled through the entire season ranked No. 1 - Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande during the 2004 season.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Hastings (Neb.) (21)||14-0-0||591|
|2||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||10-0-0||572|
|3||3||Rio Grande (Ohio)||11-1-0||550|
|6||6||Grand View (Iowa)||14-1-0||493|
|7||7||William Carey (Miss.)||12-1-0||479|
|11||12||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||9-2-1||386|
|15||15||Southern Poly (Ga.)||10-2-0||336|
|20||20||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||9-4-1||230|
|23||24||Science & Arts (Okla.)||10-3-0||178|
Others receiving votes: Ashford (Iowa) 87; Great Falls (Mont.) 74; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 73; Dordt (Iowa) 43; Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 42; Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 39; Spring Hill (Ala.) 32; Indiana Tech 31; Graceland (Iowa) 16; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 12; St. Francis (Ill.) 9; The Master's (Calif.) 8; Milligan (Tenn.) 8; Florida Memorial 7; Oklahoma Wesleyan 4; Point Park (Pa.) 1; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 1; Northwest (Wash.) 1; Illinois Tech 1; Judson (Ill.) 1; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 1; Cumberlands (Ky.) 1; Bryan (Tenn.) 1