2014 NAIA Men?s Soccer Coaches Postseason Top 25 Poll
By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second time this year and just the second time in history, Davenport (Mich.) claims the No. 1 position in the 2014 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Panthers, who push off Rio Grande (Ohio) from the top, corral the top spot with all 18 first-place votes and 498 total points. Davenport won its’ first-ever men’s soccer national title with a 2-1 come-from-behind overtime victory against Texas at Brownsville on Dec. 6.
Behind a school-record 22-3-1 overall mark, Davenport took a No. 6 seed into the National Championship. The Panthers knocked off the likes of No. 3-seed Grand View (Iowa) and No. 9-seed and undefeated Texas at Brownsville en route to a 5-0 postseason mark. Prior to this year, Davenport never got out of the First Round in two prior trips. Head coach Chris Hughes mentored 2014 Select Sport America-NAIA National Player of the Year Dzenan Catic and NAIA Third Team All-American Chase Burgess.
National runner-up Texas at Brownsville checks in with the No. 2 ranking and 482 points. The championship finish was the best in school history for the 24-1-0 Ocelots. NAIA First Team All-American Ricardo Diegues was No. 2 in the NAIA in goals scored at 34 and tied the all-time national championship record with eight goals scored (in five matches).
No. 3 Northwestern Ohio boasts its highest ranking in school history, posting 465 total points. The Racers advanced to the championship semifinals with a 17-5-2 overall record. The finish was the best in school annals.
Marymount California, a team unranked in the final regular-season edition, claims the No. 4 ranking with 450 total points. The Mariners, who finished with a 17-5-1 record, made it to the semifinals before bowing out to Davenport, 3-0.
No. 5 Grand View (Iowa) records its 10th-straight top-10 ranking with 421 points. The Vikings wrapped up their campaign in the quarterfinals, falling to Davenport by a 4-0 count.
The biggest positive mover within the Top 25 was the 16-spot jump by No. 3 Northwestern Ohio. Conversely, No. 14 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 18 Hastings (Neb.) tumble down 10 positions.
Marymount California and No. 10 Vanguard (Calif.) appear for the first time in 2014. The Mariners were last ranked on Nov. 5, 2013 in the 25th spot. Vanguard’s last national mention goes back to Oct. 25, 2011 (No. 23)
Both Point Park (Pa.) and Kansas Wesleyan fell out of the Top 25.
Eighteen of the 21 conferences, A.I.I. and unaffiliated groups were represented this week. The Southern States Athletic Conference leads all conferences with three representatives in the Top 25: No. 6 Mobile (Ala.), No. 21 Bethel (Tenn.) and No. 24 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.
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NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000) No. 2 Texas at Brownsville, No. 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 22 McPherson (Kan.) were the three programs who retained their ranking from the final regular-season poll… Previous No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio) dropped to No. 7 this week after losing in the championship second round to Northwood (Fla.) – the RedStorm were the top-ranked team for the previous five polls… Texas at Brownsville became the first NAIA men’s soccer program to finish the regular-season without a loss (18-0-0) since Oklahoma Wesleyan (18-0-1) and Science & Arts (Okla.) (13-0-3) did so in the 2012 campaign… With the No. 1 mention on Oct. 21, Rio Grande garnered at least one top ranking in each of the past three seasons and four out of the last five overall… There were 45 different teams to be ranked at least once this year –thirteen teams have held a ranking in each of the 11 polls this year (which includes Preseason)… Davenport joins Rio Grande, Thomas (Ga.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) as the top-ranked teams this year… Defending national champion Martin Methodist dropped out of the Top 25 on Oct. 7 and becomes the first defending national champion to not be ranked the following season since former member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) fell out during the 2008 season … With the No. 1 ranking on Sept. 23, Lindsey Wilson has now held the top spot at least one time in each of the past seven seasons (since 2008)… Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 94-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll (Aug. 15, 2007)… Rio Grande is next in line with 87-consecutive rankings, followed by Missouri Valley at 53… Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 48, followed by Rio Grande with 46, Bethel (Tenn.) with 11 and Hastings with 10… Overall, 21 different teams have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll… Since 2000, just two teams have spent the entire season ranked No. 1—Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande in 2004.
2014 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll (Dec. 10)
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||7||Davenport (Mich.) (18)||22-3-1||498|
|2||2||Texas at Brownsville||24-1-0||482|
|5||6||Grand View (Iowa)||18-3-1||421|
|7||1||Rio Grande (Ohio)||16-2-2||403|
|12||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||14-3-3||311|
|13||13||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||13-4-2||308|
|15||25||St. Andrews (N.C.)||17-2-1||278|
|17||21||Science & Arts (Okla.)||18-4-0||237|
|24||18||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||13-6-1||121|
|25||17||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||11-3-4||119|
Others Receiving Votes: Northwood (Fla.) 108; Kansas Wesleyan 104; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 62; Point Park (Pa.) 48; Great Falls (Mont.) 46; Concordia (Calif.) 33; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 22; Reinhardt (Ga.) 9; Baker (Kan.) 8; Corban (Ore.) 8; Cal State San Marcos 4; Judson (Ill.) 3.
^ Final Regular-Season Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll announced on Nov. 16