2015 Women?s Soccer Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? Final (Nov. 15)
By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the No. 1 team in the ninth and final regular-season edition on the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Sunday. The MRPI, qualifiers and pairings will be announced live on Monday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. CST. The postseason poll will be released on Dec. 9.
The 32-team NAIA National Championship Opening Round qualifiers and bracket will be announced Monday at 11 a.m. CST. The release will include a live selection show seen HERE. The MRPI will also be announced approximately at 11 a.m. on NAIA.org.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• Lindsey Wilson is No. 1 for the 11th-straight week, as the Blue Raiders received 17 first-place votes and a total of 498 points.
• Northwestern Ohio is No. 2 for the seventh-straight week and for the eighth time this season. The Racers received 482 points.
• The final first-place vote went to No. 3 Mobile (Ala.), who received a total of 459 points.
• Not much movement within the Top 25 as 12 teams are ranked in the same position they were last week.
• Viterbo (Wis.) highlighted the positive movement, as the V-Hawks jumped up four spots from No. 24 to No. 20.
• Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) had the biggest fall in the poll as it dropped six positions from No. 17 to No. 23.
• Lindsey Wilson continues its quest to become the first team to go the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Five teams joined the Top 25 – No. 18 Kansas Wesleyan, No. 19 Trinity International, No. 21 Columbia (Mo.), No. 24 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and No. 25 Carroll (Mont.).
• UC Merced (No. 21), MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (No. 25), Ottawa (Kan.) (No. 23), Oklahoma Wesleyan (No. 19) and SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (No. 19) were the five teams to drop out of the Top 25.
• This marks the first time since Nov. 11, 2013 that Carroll finds itself in the Top 25.
• Kansas Wesleyan, Trinity International, Columbia and Our Lady of the Lake have all been ranked at one point this season.
• 15 of the 19 conferences/Association of Independent Institutions are represented in this week’s installment.
• The Mid-South Conference, Southern States Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference leads all leagues with three teams represented.
• Lindsey Wilson extends its NAIA record of most No. 1 mentions to 56. Former-NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is second with 33. The Blue Raiders also extend the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 to 167, including 137-straight in the top 10.
• For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
• 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 (Nov. 15)
|RANK||LAST ^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (17)||16-1-2||498|
|4||5||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||19-2-1||451|
|5||3||William Carey (Miss.)||16-2-1||436|
|7||4||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||13-4-0||397|
|14||14||Siena Heights (Mich.)||17-4-0||291|
|17||18||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||12-4-3||238|
|19||NR||Trinity International (Ill.)||13-4-3||159|
|23||17||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||15-5-1||116|
|24||RV||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||14-3-2||115|
Dropped from Top 25: UC Merced, MidAmerica Nazarene, Ottawa (Kan.) Oklahoma Wesleyan and SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 112; UC Merced 65; MidAmerican Nazarene (Kan.) 69; Ottawa (Kan.) 64; Reinhardt (Ga.) 55; Oklahoma Wesleyan 37; Science & Arts (Okla.) 26; Thomas (Ga.) 20; Morningside (Iowa) 20; Eastern Oregon 17; Missouri Valley; Ashford (Iowa) 12; St. Thomas (Texas) 8; Marian (Ind.) 4; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 4