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Top 25 - No. 8

October 25, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) moved into the No. 1 position in the eighth regular-season edition of the 2011 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Blue Raiders replaced Hastings (Neb.), who lost for the first time in 40 matches on Oct. 18. The top billing is a first for Lindsey Wilson since Sept. 7, 2010.

The Blue Raiders tallied 17 of a possible 22 first-place votes and recorded 588 total points. They are one of two undefeated teams remaining with a 12-0-0 record. No. 2 Baker (Kan.), who defeated Hastings 1-0 in overtime to stay perfect at 15-0-0, climbed up three spots with 567 points and posted the remaining four first-place nods. Rio Grande (Ohio) tied for the third spot with Hastings with 547 points. Falling one slot, No. 5 Mobile (Ala.) captured 516 points.

There were 20 teams that shifted positions throughout the poll. Three programs changed five-or-more spots. No. 12 (tie) Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) climbed up the ladder eight rankings, courtesy of a 1-0 victory over then-No. 10 Belhaven (Miss.) on Oct. 18 and a 2-2 draw against No. 7 William Carey (Miss.) on Oct. 22. Concordia (Calif.) had another big jump, up five positions to No. 8. Conversely, Belhaven fell the farthest to No. 18.

Due to a loss to unranked Union (Ky.) on Oct.18, Tennessee Wesleyan drops out of the Top 25. The Bulldogs were 24th last week. Replacing Tennessee Wesleyan was No. 25 Graceland (Iowa). The Yellowjackets were ranked on three previous occasions this year, with the last one coming on Oct. 4.

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, Auburn Montgomery, No. 15 Southern Poly (Ga.) and Belhaven. The Heart of America Athletic Conference is represented by a quartet of programs in the rankings. Overall, 13 of the 22 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are listed.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independents/unaffiliated groups. The ninth regular-season Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Nov. 1.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) now stands with 32 No. 1 mentions, which ranks second on the list – No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) leads the group (36), followed by Bethel (Tenn.) (11), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9), Hastings (Neb.) (8), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (5) and Concordia (Calif.) (5)… No. 3 (tie) Hastings held the previous No. 1 ranking for eight-straight weeks… No. 19 Taylor (Ind.) holds the most wins with 16… There have been 43 programs ranked in nine polls this season and 14 of those have held a spot each week… Rio Grande has been ranked in the top 10 for the last 32-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 – 53-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 47, followed by Azusa Pacific with 40 and Hastings with 38… 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 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (17) 12-0-0 588
2 5 Baker (Kan.) (4) 15-0-0 567
T3 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) 13-1-0 547
T3 1 Hastings (Neb.) 15-1-0 547
5 4 Mobile (Ala.) 13-1-1 516
6 8 Missouri Valley 13-1-1 479
7 7 William Carey (Miss.) 12-1-2 478
8 13 Concordia (Calif.) 12-2-0 439
9 6 Grand View (Iowa) 14-2-1 425
10 8 Bethel (Tenn.) 9-2-2 418
11 11 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 11-2-1 403
T12 20 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 10-4-2 374
T12 12 Concordia (Ore.) 13-1-1 374
14 14 Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 13-3-0 332
15 15 Southern Poly (Ga.) 11-2-0 323
16 17 Kansas Wesleyan 13-3-0 307
17 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 12-2-0 284
18 10 Belhaven (Miss.) 12-3-0 262
19 18 Taylor (Ind.) 16-1-1 260
20 19 Columbia (Mo.) 13-2-1 249
21 21 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 10-3-1 221
22 23 Science & Arts (Okla.) 12-3-0 200
23 22 Vanguard (Calif.) 11-5-0 175
24 25 Ashford (Iowa) 12-4-0 148
25 RV Graceland (Iowa) 9-4-2 92

Others receiving votes: Milligan (Tenn.) 84; Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 65; Great Falls (Mont.) 65; Judson (Ill.) 64; Tennessee Wesleyan 28; Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 26; The Master's (Calif.) 19; Point Park (Pa.) 11; Oklahoma Wesleyan 11; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 9; Northwood (Fla.) 6; Robert Morris (Ill.) 4; Northwest (Wash.) 3; Cornerstone (Mich.) 1; La Sierra (Calif.) 1; Union (Ky.) 1; Concordia (Neb.) 1; Mid-Continent (Ky.) 1; Reinhardt (Ga.) 1; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1; Friends (Kan.) 1; Florida Memorial 1