By Spencer Scheve, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Spring Arbor (Mich.) claimed all 19 first place votes and 529 points to earn a fifth-consecutive No. 1 ranking in the Women's Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll, the National Office announced Tuesday. The Cougars continue their quest for back-to-back national titles, as they have started the season 10-0. The fourth regular season poll will be released on Oct. 11.
Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):• Spring Arbor (Mich.) claims its fifth No.1 ranking in-a-row, the most in school history. The last time the Cougars were out of the Top 25 was on Nov. 9, 2010.
• The Cougars are led by Ashley Timmons, who is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in goals against per game (0.14), and Bethany Balcer, who is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in shots per game (6.9).
• Behind the Cougars sits No. 2 Keiser (Fla.), who earned 512 points in this edition.
• The Seahawks are led by Amanda Blixt, who has recorded eight goals and six assists, tallying 22 points this season. Keiser leads the NAIA in total wins (11), followed by Spring Arbor (10).
• Rounding out the top 5 is William Carey (Miss.) at No. 3 with 491 points, Westmont (Calif.) at No. 4 with 473 points and Northwestern Ohio at No. 5 with 469 points.
• The top 10 remained steady as William Carey and Westmont flipped spots and Hasting moved from No. 11 to No. 10 in this edition.
• The biggest move in the Top 25 is Columbia (Mo.) falling from No. 13 to No. 20 and John Brown (Ark.) climbing from No. 24 to 20.
• There are three new teams in the Top 25 – No. 18 Park (Mo.), No. 24 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and No. 25 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.).
• The last time Embry-Riddle was in the Top 25 was Sept. 20.
• The last-time Park was ranked in the Top 25 was Oct. 27, 2009, when the Pirates were ranked No. 19.
• This is the first time Cardinal Stritch has been ranked in the Top 25, dating back to 1999.
• The three institutions to fall out of the Top 25 are MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and Marian (Ind.).
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) owns the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 with 174-consecutive mentions, including 145-straight in the Ttp 10.
• No. 6 Lindsey Wilson has the most No. 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 33.
• Former NAIA member Lee's (Tenn.) 2011 team is the last squad to be preseason ranked No. 1 and win the national title in the same year.
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- 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”
· For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
|RANK||LAST ^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2016 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Spring Arbor (Mich.) (19)||10-0-0||529|
|3||4||William Carey (Miss.)||8-2-0||491|
|6||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||6-3-0||442|
|8||8||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||7-1-2||410|
|13||14||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||7-1-2||315|
|20||24||John Brown (Ark.)||8-1-1||189|
|23||19||Siena Heights (Mich.)||6-3-2||154|
|24||NR||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||7-2-0||137|
Others receiving votes: Davenport (Mich.) 87; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 72; Southeastern (Fla.) 53; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 48; Marian (Ind.) 35; Viterbo (Wis.) 19; Georgetown (Ky.) 17; Ottawa (Kan.) 15; Missouri Valley 14; Midland (Neb.) 12; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 11; Carroll (Mont. 9; Southern Oregon 3; St. Thomas (Fla.) 3
^ Based off 2016 Coaches’ Poll (Sept. 27, 2016)