By Spencer Scheve, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma Wesleyan earns its fifth-consecutive No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The sixth regular-season installment will be announced Oct. 25.Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Oklahoma Wesleyan, which is 12-0-1 on the year, gathered all 19 first-place votes and 529 points. The Eagles currently hold a 28-match (26-0-2) undefeated streak, which is tied for seventh all-time longest in the NAIA.
• The Eagles hold a dominating 40-5 scoring advantage through 13 matches. Markel Aznal leads the club with nine goals in 11 matches.
• Hastings (Neb.) slides in to grab the No. 2 ranking. The Broncos lead the NAIA with the most wins (15).
• Rounding out the top five – No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio), No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) and No. Northwestern Ohio.
• Rio Grande is tied for third in victories with a 12-1-1 record. The Red Storm is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in total goals (53).
• With a 10-0-1 record, No. 7 Campbellsville (Ky.) sits in second behind top-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan for the lengthiest unbeaten streak at 27-matches (24-0-3).
• No. 20 Menlo (Calif.), No. 21 Rocky Montana (Mont.), No. 22 Central Methodist (Mo.) and No. 25 Tennessee Wesleyan are this week’s newcomers.
• This marks the first time that Menlo and Central Methodist have been ranked in the Top 25.
• The last time that Rocky Mountain was ranked in the Top 25 was Sept. 27.
• The last time Tennessee Wesleyan was ranked in the Top 25 was Sept. 20.
• The biggest move in the Top 25 is Midland (Neb.), which jumped from No. 23 to No. 18, Cumberland (Tenn.) dropped from No. 19 to No. 23 and Corban (Ore.) climbed from No. 18 to No. 15.
• 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, seven 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.).
• Rio Grande is trying to become the first team 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 38 different teams to be ranked at least once.
• Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 101-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the 2007 Top 25 Poll (Sept. 5) and Rio Grande is next in line with 94-consecutive rankings.
• 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. 5 (Oct. 18)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2016 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Wesleyan (19)||12-0-1||529|
|3||2||Rio Grande (Ohio)||12-1-1||498|
|9||9||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||10-2-1||395|
|12||12||John Brown (Ark.)||10-1-1||338|
|13||13||WVU Tech (W.Va.)||11-1-2||335|
|16||21||William Carey (Miss.)||10-1-1||268|
|17||17||Hope International (Calif.)||10-0-4||248|
|19||16||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||7-4-1||207|
|21||NR||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||9-3-1||180|
|22||NR||Central Methodist (Mo.)||10-3-1||140|
|24||22||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||10-3-3||109|
Dropped from rankings: No. 15 Grand View (Iowa); No. 20 Vanguard (Calif.); No. 24 Southwestern Christian (Okla.); No. 25 Reinhardt (Ga.)
Others Receiving Votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 94; Madonna (Mich.) 91; Columbia (Mo.) 51; Oklahoma City 45; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 39; Georgia Gwinnett 31; The Master’s (Calif.) 24; Dalton State (Ga.) 24; Reinhardt (Ga.) 16; Benedictine (Kan.) 10; Southwestern Christian (Okla.) 9; Hannibal- LaGrange (Mo.) 9; Westmont (Calif.) 5; Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 4; Vanguard (Calif.) 4; Evergreen (Wash.) 3