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Top 25 - No. 7

October 18, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There was little movement in the seventh regular-season edition of the 2011 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Top-ranked Hastings (Neb.) headed the list for the eighth-straight week and is one of 16 teams to hold its position from last week. The Broncos, who will put their 39-match winning streak on the line against fifth-ranked Baker (Kan.) on Tuesday, captured all 21 first-place nods and 591 total points.

The top-five teams locked down their positions once again, which include No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio), No. 4 Mobile (Ala.) and Baker. Lindsey Wilson and Baker join Hastings as the only undefeated teams remaining in the NAIA. Two key match-ups in the top 10 are scheduled this week with Mobile heading to No. 7 William Carey (Miss.) on Tuesday and Lindsey Wilson hosting No. 9 Bethel (Tenn.) on Friday.

Bethel had the biggest improvement within the Top 25, a minimal jump of two spots for its first top-10 ranking since the Preseason Top 25. Conversely, Concordia (Calif.) fell four spots to No. 13, after a 1-0 loss to unranked Hope International (Calif.) on Oct. 15.

After a five-week absence, No. 25 Ashford (Iowa) is back in the poll. The Saints are 11-4 and are riding a four-match winning streak. Biola (Calif.) was bumped out after a No. 21 ranking last week.

The Southern States Athletic Conference landed five teams in the Top 25, the most of any of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups: Mobile, William Carey, No. 10 Belhaven (Miss.), No. 15 Southern Poly (Ga.) and No. 20 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). The Golden State Athletic Conference and Heart of America Athletic Conference each claim a trio of programs 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 eighth regular-season Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Oct. 25.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) The 14-0-0 start for No.1 Hastings (Neb.) is the most successful (most wins, no losses) for any program this year among any NCAA division and NAIA… Of the eight teams that shifted rank, six of those merely moved up or down one position… Three programs are tied for the most wins with 14… There have been 43 programs ranked in eight polls this season and 14 of those have held a spot each week… With eight No. 1 rankings earned in 2011, Hastings is sixth on the list for the most top billings all time… No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) has been ranked in the top 10 for the last 31-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 (Ky.) in second (31), followed by Bethel (Tenn.) (11), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9), Hastings (8), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (5) and Concordia (Calif.) (5)… Lindsey Wilson holds the distinction of being consecutively ranked the longest among active schools – 52-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 46, followed by Azusa Pacific with 39 and Hastings with 37… 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
4 4 Mobile (Ala.) 12-1-0 534
5 5 Baker (Kan.) 13-0-0 517
6 6 Grand View (Iowa) 14-1-0 493
7 7 William Carey (Miss.) 12-1-0 479
8 8 Missouri Valley 12-1-0 460
9 11 Bethel (Tenn.) 7-1-2 418
10 10 Belhaven (Miss.) 12-2-0 403
11 12 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 9-2-1 386
12 13 Concordia (Ore.) 12-1-0 380
13 9 Concordia (Calif.) 10-2-0 372
14 14 Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 12-2-0 363
15 15 Southern Poly (Ga.) 10-2-0 336
16 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 12-1-0 312
17 17 Kansas Wesleyan 10-3-0 292
18 18 Taylor (Ind.) 14-1-1 259
19 19 Columbia (Mo.) 11-2-1 245
20 20 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 9-4-1 230
21 22 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 7-3-1 212
22 23 Vanguard (Calif.) 10-4-0 193
23 24 Science & Arts (Okla.) 10-3-0 178
24 25 Tennessee Wesleyan 12-2-0 151
25 RV Ashford (Iowa) 11-4-0 97

Others receiving votes: Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 86; Graceland (Iowa) 77; Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 68; Great Falls (Mont.) 42;The Master's (Calif.) 28; Judson (Ill.) 23; Point Park (Pa.) 16; Florida Memorial 10; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 8; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 8; Oklahoma Wesleyan 7; Northwest (Wash.) 5; Spring Hill (Ala.) 4; Milligan (Tenn.) 3; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 3; Robert Morris (Ill.) 1; Bethel (Ind.) 1; Cumberlands (Ky.) 1.