By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma Wesleyan lands its fourth-consecutive No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The top 10 all held their positions for the first time since the Nov. 11th edition of the 2014 season. The fifth regular-season installment will be announced Oct. 18.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Oklahoma Wesleyan, who is 9-0-1 on the year (during the weekly ratings period), gathered 18 first-place votes and 529 points. The Eagles currently hold a 25-match (23-0-2) undefeated streak, which is tied for the longest in the NAIA.
• The Eagles hold a dominating 31-2 scoring advantage through 10 matches. Markel Aznal leads the club with eight goals in eight matches.
• For the second straight week, second-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio) grabbed the remaining first-place vote. The defending national champions are tied for second in the NAIA with the most wins (11).
• Nos. 3 through 5 all held from last week – No. 3 Hastings (Neb.), No. 4 Thomas (Ga.) and No. 5 Davenport (Mich.).
• Hastings is tops in the country in victories with a 13-0-0 record. The Broncos are one of six NAIA men’s programs without a loss on the year.
• With an 8-0-1 record, No. 8 Campbellsville (Ky.) is tied with top-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan for the lengthiest unbeaten streak at 25-matches (22-0-3).
• No. 17 Hope International (Calif.) and No. 24 Southwestern Christian (Okla.) are this week’s newcomers. The Royals spring boarded into the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 21, 2014 (No. 22). Southwestern Christian was most recently in the poll three weeks ago on Sept. 20 (No. 23).
• No. 19 Cumberland (Tenn.) and No. 21 William Carey (Miss.) both improve the best within the poll with a four-spot jump. Conversely, No. 20 Vanguard (Calif.) tumbled down eight positions for the worst fall.
• Fourteen of the 19 conferences are represented this week. The Appalachian Athletic Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference and Mid-South Conference each send three teams each into the Top 25, the most of any conference.
• Overall, eight leagues land multiple teams into the Top 25.
• Rio Grande leads the all-time list of No. 1 rankings with 57, followed by 48 top mentions by Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
• With the addition of Oklahoma Wesleyan to the list of all-time No. 1-ranked teams, 21 different teams have now been ranked No. 1 at some point in program history for the NAIA.
• Rio Grande is trying to become the first time to be ranked preseason No. 1 and win the national championship in the same season since Lindsey Wilson did it in 2001.
• This year, there have been 36 different teams to be ranked at least once – 13 teams have appeared on every poll (5 total).
• Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 100-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the 2007 Top 25 Poll (Sept. 5) and Rio Grande is next in line with 93-consecutive rankings.
• With a drop out of the Top 25 in the Sept. 27 edition, Missouri Valley snapped a streak of 57-straight rankings, which was the third-longest streak at the time.
• 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 men’s soccer ratings calendar, click here.
2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - No. 4 (Oct. 11)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2016 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Wesleyan (18)||9-0-1||529|
|2||2||Rio Grande (Ohio) (1)||11-1-0||511|
|9||9||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||8-2-1||393|
|12||15||John Brown (Ark.)||9-1-1||341|
|13||16||WVU Tech (W.Va.)||11-1-1||316|
|15||11||Grand View (Iowa)||9-2-1||291|
|16||19||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||6-3-1||264|
|17||NR||Hope International (Calif.)||10-0-2||245|
|21||25||William Carey (Miss.)||8-1-1||179|
|22||24||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||9-2-3||152|
|24||NR||Southwestern Christian (Okla.)||10-2-0||131|
Dropped from rankings: No. 18 Biola (Calif.); No. 21 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).
Others Receiving Votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 98; Madonna (Mich.) 92; Menlo (Calif.) 58; Columbia (Mo.) 54; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 42; Central Methodist (Mo.) 37; Tennessee Wesleyan 24; Dalton State (Ga.) 13; Georgia Gwinnett 9; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 8; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 5; Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 4; William Jessup (Calif.) 4; Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 3.