KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With NAIA National Championship play on the horizon, Southeastern (Fla.) became the nation’s top team in the latest edition of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Fire have won seven in a row and will face Johnson & Wales (Fla.) in the Sun Conference semifinals on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
- Southeastern garnered eight of the 16 first-place votes this week and took the top spot by just one point over defending national champion Spring Arbor (Mich.).
- Uchenna Kanu leads Southeastern, and the NAIA, in goals scored in 2018. The junior has 46 goals on the season and is averaging an incredible 2.56 goals per match.
- Spring Arbor also moved up, going from No. 3 to No. 2. The Cougars have won three straight matches since being upset by Marian (Ind.) on Oct. 20.
- Trinity Christian (Ill.) made the biggest jump in the poll. The Trolls went from No. 19 to No. 15, and have just one blemish on the season in a loss to Trinity International (Ill.). The two teams will face-off in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
- The top three teams are separated by just five ratings points.
- Spring Arbor continues to hold the longest active Top 25 Poll streak, moving to 95 consecutive appearances in the poll. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the national record since 1999 with 203 consecutive appearances, which was stopped on Oct. 24, 2017. Keiser (Fla.) is right behind Spring Arbor at No. 9, extending its streak to 93 weeks.
- Lindsey Wilson own the most No. 1 rankings since 1999 with 58, followed by former member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 32. Spring Arbor is in third with 23 followed closely by Westmont (Calif.) and former member Concordia (Ore.) with 19 apiece.
- 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
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2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 10 (Nov. 6)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL [1st Place Votes]||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Southeastern (Fla.) ||16-1-1||479|
|2||3||Spring Arbor (Mich.) ||16-1-1||478|
|3||1||William Carey (Miss.) ||15-2||474|
|4||4||Vanguard (Calif.) ||14-1||453|
|5||5||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||16-1-1||438|
|10||10||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||9-3-2||350|
|15||19||Trinity Christian (Ill.)||17-1||251|
|16||14||University of Northwestern Ohio||13-4-3||246|
|24||24||John Brown (Ark.)||14-3-1||150|
|25||25||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||15-2-1||88|
Dropped from the Top 25: None
Others Receiving Votes: Central Methodist (Mo.) 81, Oklahoma Wesleyan 70, Truett McConnell (Ga.) 61, Concordia (Neb.) 29, St. Thomas (Texas) 28, The Master's (Calif.) 17, Taylor (Ind.) 16, Oklahoma City 15, Aquinas (Mich.) 14, Columbia (Mo.) 7, Science & Arts (Okla.) 7, Ottawa (Kan.) 6