By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The undefeated Eagles remain the No. 1 team as Oklahoma Wesleyan is 14-0-1 in the sixth edition of the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Oklahoma Wesleyan is the No. 1-ranked team for the sixth-straight week. The seventh regular-season installment will be announced Nov. 1.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan posted 18-of-19 first-place votes and 529 total points this week. The Eagles have not suffered a loss since Sept. 22, 2015, which is an undefeated streak of 30-straight wins or ties (28-0-2).
• The Eagles’ undefeated streak is seventh longest in NAIA history, and one more win or tie would catch the Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) program that didn’t lose in 31-straight matches during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. The all-time record is 66-straight by Rio Grande (Ohio) from 2002-04.
• In 15 matches this year, Oklahoma Wesleyan owns 10 shutouts. The offense has out-scored the opposition by a 48-6 mark.
• With three matches remaining in the regular season, Oklahoma Wesleyan holds a 2.0-game lead over second-place Kansas Wesleyan in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference standings. The Eagles face Tabor (Kan.) on Wednesday.
• With six No. 1 rankings all-time, Oklahoma Wesleyan is now tied for the sixth most top mentions since 2000.
• Owners of the most victories in the NAIA, Hastings (Neb.) locks down the No. 2 position for the second-straight week. The Broncos, at 16-0-0, gathered the remaining first-place vote.
• Defending national champion Rio Grande checks in at the No. 3 spot with 495 points.
• Two schools out of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) round out the top five – No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) and No. 5 Northwestern Ohio.
• Five teams still remain undefeated in NAIA circles: Oklahoma Wesleyan (14-0-1), Hastings (16-0-0), No. 7 Campbellsville (Ky.) (11-0-2), No. 10 Bryan (Tenn.) (13-0-3) and (RV) Evergreen State (Wash.) (8-0-4).
• Campbellsville is currently riding a 29-match undefeated streak, dating back to the 2015 season. With an 11-0-2 mark, the Tigers are 25-0-4 and take their streak into a home match against Life (Ga.) on Tuesday and a road tilt at Cumberlands (Ky.) on Friday.
• No. 24 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 25 Madonna (Mich.) are this week’s newcomers. Olivet Nazarene is a Top 25 team for the first time since Sept. 29, 2015 (No. 23). The Crusaders are mentioned for the first time since Aug. 18, 2009 (No. 20).
• Going 4-0-1 in its last five matches, No. 22 Tennessee Wesleyan makes the best improvement this week, jumping up three spots. The Bulldogs claim their highest ranking since the 2013 season (No. 16).
• On the flip side, No. 18 John Brown (Ark.) tumbles down six positions for the worst fall. The Eagles recently suffered a loss and tie in double overtime.
• Fifteen of the 19 conferences are represented this week. The Appalachian Athletic Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference and WHAC 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.
• 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 41 different teams to be ranked at least once.
• Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 102-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the 2007 Top 25 Poll (Sept. 5) and Rio Grande is next in line with 95-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. 6 (Oct. 25)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2016 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Wesleyan (18)||14-0-1||529|
|2||2||Hastings (Neb.) (1)||16-0-0||512|
|3||3||Rio Grande (Ohio)||14-1-1||495|
|8||9||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||12-2-1||410|
|12||13||WVU Tech (W.Va.)||13-1-2||350|
|14||16||William Carey (Miss.)||12-1-1||299|
|17||19||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||9-4-1||247|
|18||12||John Brown (Ark.)||10-2-2||232|
|19||17||Hope International (Calif.)||11-1-4||215|
|20||22||Central Methodist (Mo.)||11-3-1||184|
|21||21||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||10-3-2||183|
|23||24||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||11-3-4||131|
|24||NR||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||11-3-2||108|
Dropped from rankings: No. 20 Menlo (Calif.); No. 23 Cumberland (Tenn.).
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Gwinnett 73; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 68; The Master's (Calif.) 68; Dalton State (Ga.) 52; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 47; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 46; Westmont (Calif.) 23; Benedictine (Kan.) 18; Cumberland (Tenn.) 13; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 11; Columbia (Mo.) 9; Oklahoma City 8; Evergreen (Wash.) 4.