By Trevor Lininger, NAIA Athletic Communications and Media Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – William Carey (Miss.) earns its sixth-straight No. 1 ranking in this week’s NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)
- The Crusaders of William Carey improved to 15-0-0 on the year following a home win against then-No. 8 Mobile (Ala.).
- William Carey collected 16 first place votes and 497 total points to earn the programs sixth straight No. 1 ranking.
- Hastings (Neb.), the defending national champion, moved up one spot to No. 6 in this week’s poll. The Broncos won two games and improved to 15-3-0 on the season.
- Madonna (Mich.) joins the Top 25 for the first time in 2017 at No. 25.
- Rio Grande (Ohio) holds the record for the most No. 1 rankings with 57 total.
- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the record for the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 115-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the Top 25 in 2007. Rio Grande (Ohio) is second with 106-straight polls.
- 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 rating) 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 appear on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes".
- For the complete men’s soccer ratings calendar, click here.
2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 9 (Oct. 31)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL [1ST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||William Carey (Miss.) ||15-0-0||497|
|2||2||Oklahoma Wesleyan ||15-1-1||483|
|3||3||Rio Grande (Ohio)||14-1-1||466|
|7||10||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||11-2-0||389|
|8||6||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||15-1-1||374|
|12||13||Central Methodist (Mo.)||12-2-3||323|
|13||15||St. Thomas (Fla.)||11-1-1||297|
|19||20||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||12-3-2||209|
|20||19||Dalton State (Ga.)||12-3-1||198|
|21||21||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||15-3-0||181|
|23||23||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||13-2-1||149|
Dropped From Top 25: Southwestern Christian (Okla.)
Others Receiving Votes: William Woods (Mo.) 61; Bryan (Tenn.) 59; Southwestern Christian (Okla.) 51; Grand View (Iowa) 37; Concordia (Neb.) 31; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 23; UC Merced (Calif.) 21; Westmont (Calif.) 20; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 7; Aquinas (Mich.) 6; Keiser (Fla.) 4; Bethel (Tenn.) 3; Southern Oregon 3; Oklahoma City 3