2015 Women?s Soccer Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 4 (Oct. 13)
By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) remains No. 1 in the fourth regular-season edition of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The fifth regular-season poll will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The next MRPI will be released Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is No. 1 for the sixth-straight poll, dating back to last year’s postseason poll. The Blue Raiders received all 19 first-place votes for a total of 529 points.
• No. 2 Northwestern Ohio extends its streak of being ranked in the top 10 to 12-straight polls, dating back to Oct. 7, 2014.
• Lindsey Wilson continues its quest to become the first team to be ranked No. 1 for the entire season.
• No. 22 Oklahoma Wesleyan and No. 25 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) are the two newcomers in this week’s poll.
• SCAD Savannah finds themselves in the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2013.
• Oklahoma Wesleyan is ranked for the first time in school history.
• No. 11 Biola (Calif.) highlights the positive movement in the top 25. The Eagles moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11.
• Keiser (Fla.) had the biggest fall in the Top 25, as they dropped four spots from No. 4 to No. 8.
• Twelve of the 19 conferences are represented in the Top 25. The Golden State Athletic Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented in the Top 25 – No. 8 Westmont (Calif.), Biola, No. 15 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 21 The Master’s (Calif.). The Mid-South Conference, Heart of America Athletic Conference, Southern States Athletic Conference and the Crossroads League have three teams represented in the Top 25.
• Lindsey Wilson extends its NAIA record of most No. 1 rankings to 52. Former NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is second with 33. The Blue Raiders are extend the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 to 164-consecutive mentions, including 134-straight in the top 10.
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• The poll was voted upon by a panel of 19 head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents 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 a low rating) 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 team appears on.
• Teams who receive only one point in the ballot will not be listed in the “Receiving Votes” category.
• The Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) is a separate ranking conducted on Sept. 29, Oct. 20 and Nov. 16. The MRPI—first adopted in 2010—will select the at-large national championship qualifying teams and seed the 32-team national championship opening round field.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2015 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Oct. 13)
|RANK||LAST ^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (19)||8-0-2||529|
|4||5||William Carey (Miss.)||9-1-1||484|
|5||6||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||8-3-0||459|
|7||9||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||11-2-1||427|
|13||15||Siena Heights (Mich.)||11-2-0||315|
|14||11||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||9-3-1||314|
|18||20||Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)||8-4-2||214|
|21||22||The Master’s (CAlif.)||6-6-1||169|
|25||RV||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||9-3-2||100|
Dropped from the Top 25: Ottawa (Kan.); Concordia (Neb.)
Others receiving votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 88; Ottawa (Kan.) 72; Marian (Ind.) 50; Viterbo (Wis.) 29; Concordia (Mich.) 29; UC Merced 28; Park (Mo.) 27; Oklahoma City 23; Bellevue (Neb.) 13; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 12; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 9; Hope International (Calif.) 8; Cumberland (Tenn.) 8; Reinhardt (Ga.) 6; Morningside (Iowa) 4; Kansas Wesleyan 4; Robert Morris (Ill.) 3.
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