By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After winning the NAIA National Championship, Hastings (Neb.) captures the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Broncos earned their second national title – the other coming in 2010 – after a 1-0 victory against Rio Grande (Ohio) on Dec. 3 in Delray Beach, Fla.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• Hastings (Neb.) captured all 16 first-place votes and a total of 436 points to grab the No. 1 ranking. The Broncos were last in the No. 1 position on Sept. 24, 2013.
• The Broncos are now tied for third all-time with 11 No. 1 rankings since 2000.
• Hastings became the first national champion with an undefeated record at 24-0-1 since Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in 2011.
• The Broncos – which won three-straight one-goal contests en route to the championship – competed in their 12th overall championship tournament and eighth in the last nine years.
• Prior to this edition, Oklahoma Wesleyan held the No. 1 ranking for eight-consecutive weeks.
• National runner-up Rio Grande (Ohio) checks in with the No. 2 spot with 422 points. The RedStorm, after winning the 2015 title, have now appeared in four championship finals matches.
• Davenport (Mich.) slides up one spot to No. 3. The Panthers held a top-five ranking in every poll this year.
• Grand View (Iowa) – one of two newcomers this week – lands in the No. 4 position.
• No. 5 Northwestern Ohio is one of only three teams to hold their status from the final regular-season installment on Nov. 8.
• No. 4 Grand View and No. 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas) make a splash this week as newcomers. The Vikings were ranked earlier this year (Oct. 11), but holds its highest ranking since a No. 4 billing in the 2015 Preseason Top 25. Wayland Baptist was last ranked on Nov. 12, 2013 (No. 22).
• Grand View vaulted all the way up to No. 4 thanks to a championship semifinal appearance on Dec. 2.
• There were 46 different programs to be ranked at least one time through the course of the 2016 season.
• Twelve teams maintained a Top 25 ranking in each of the 10 polls this year.
• The Heart of America Athletic Conference sends three teams into the Top 25, the most of any conference – Grand View, No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 18 Baker.
• 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.
• Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 105-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the 2007 Top 25 Poll (Sept. 5) and Rio Grande is next in line with 98-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’ Postseason Top 25 Poll – Dec. 7
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2016 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Hastings (Neb.) (16)||24-0-1||436|
|2||3||Rio Grande (Ohio)||21-2-2||422|
|4||NR||Grand View (Iowa)||17-7-1||392|
|9||17||William Carey (Miss.)||16-3-2||332|
|10||7||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||16-4-1||299|
|15||21||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||15-4-4||251|
|19||19||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||16-4-2||172|
|20||NR||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||14-4-3||147|
|21||22||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||13-5-2||142|
|T24||16||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||13-4-2||109|
|T24||18||John Brown (Ark.)||13-4-2||109|
Dropped from rankings: No. 20 Westmont (Calif.), No. 23 Benedictine (Kan.)
Others Receiving Votes: Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 106; Westmont (Calif.) 69; Benedictine (Kan.) 51; Columbia (Mo.) 31; Vanguard (Calif.) 18; Dalton State (Ga.) 14; St. Thomas (Fla.) 13; Tennessee Wesleyan 10; McPherson (Kan.) 8; Bellevue (Neb.) 6.
^ ranking from final regular-season Top 25 on Nov. 8, 2016