By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With a 32-match undefeated streak, Oklahoma Wesleyan is No. 1 for the seventh-straight time in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The eighth and final Top 25 regular-season installment will be announced Nov. 8. The national championship qualifiers and final MRPI will be announced Monday, Nov. 14 at noon CDT via live selection show.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• At 16-0-1, Oklahoma Wesleyan claimed 18-of-19 first-place votes and 529 total points this week.
• Oklahoma Wesleyan has not suffered a loss since Sept. 22, 2015, which is an undefeated streak of 32-straight wins or ties (30-0-2). The Eagles attempt to wrap up the regular season undefeated as they host Bethel (Kan.) on Tuesday.
• The Eagles’ undefeated streak is sixth longest in NAIA history, and one more win or tie would catch the Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) program that didn’t lose in 33-straight matches during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The all-time record is 66-straight by Rio Grande (Ohio) from 2002-04.
• In 17 matches this year, Oklahoma Wesleyan owns 12 shutouts. The offense has out-scored the opposition by a 57-6 mark.
• The rest of the top five stays unchanged for the second-straight week: No. 2 Hastings (Neb.), defending national champion No. 3 Rio Grande, No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) and No. 5 Northwestern Ohio.
• Hastings owns the most victories in the NAIA with 17. The Broncos captured the remaining first-place vote this week.
• Three teams still remain undefeated in NAIA circles: Oklahoma Wesleyan (16-0-1), Hastings (17-0-0) and No. 6 Campbellsville (Ky.) (13-0-2). No. 12 Bryan (Tenn.) was knocked from the undefeated ranks last week.
• Campbellsville is currently riding a 31-match undefeated streak, dating back to the 2015 season. With an 13-0-2 mark, the Tigers are 27-0-4 and take their streak into the Mid-South Conference Tournament that begins Friday.
• No. 20 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) leaps up four positions for the best improvement within the poll this week. This is their highest spot since the 2012 season (No. 17).
• No. 15 Thomas (Ga.) falls down the farthest, dropping four spots. The Night Hawks lost a 2-1 decision to unranked Keiser (Fla.) on Oct. 29.
• A total of four newcomers make a splash this week: No. 22 Westmont (Calif.), No. 23 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 24 Georgia Gwinnett and No. 25 Menlo (Calif.). Menlo is the only program ranked previously this year.
• Benedictine and Westmont were last ranked during the 2014 season – the Ravens on Aug. 19, 2014 (No. 13) and Westmont on Sept. 30, 2014 (No. 25). Georgia Gwinnett is ranked for the first time in over a year – Oct. 6, 2015 (No. 25) – as the Grizzlies had a 17-week streak of national ranked.
• With Georgia Gwinnett joining the Top 25 and members of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.), there are 16 of the 19 conferences represented this week.
• The Heart of America Athletic Conference sends three teams 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.
• 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 44 different teams to be ranked at least once.
• Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 103-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the 2007 Top 25 Poll (Sept. 5) and Rio Grande is next in line with 96-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. 7 (Nov. 1)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2016 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Wesleyan (18)||16-0-1||529|
|2||2||Hastings (Neb.) (1)||17-0-0||512|
|3||3||Rio Grande (Ohio)||16-1-1||495|
|7||8||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||14-2-1||430|
|10||12||WVU Tech (W.Va.)||15-1-2||370|
|16||17||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||10-4-1||275|
|17||14||William Carey (Miss.)||12-2-1||255|
|18||18||John Brown (Ark.)||12-2-2||253|
|19||21||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||12-3-2||216|
|20||24||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||12-3-2||180|
|21||23||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||12-3-4||176|
Dropped from rankings: No. 19 Hope International (Calif.), No. 20 Central Methodist (Mo.), No. 22 Tennessee Wesleyan, No. 25 Madonna (Mich.).
Others Receiving Votes: Tennessee Wesleyan 80; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 79; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 59; Central Methodist (Mo.) 43; Vanguard (Calif.) 29; Dalton State (Ga.) 27; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 20; Bellevue (Neb.) 18; Cumberland (Tenn.) 12; Evergreen (Wash.) 10; Indiana Tech 10; Southwestern Christian (Okla.) 8; Hope International (Calif.) 6; St. Thomas (Fla.) 4; Columbia (Mo.) 4; UC Merced 3; Bethel (Ind.) 3.