2015 NAIA Women?s Soccer Coaches? Postseason Top 25 Poll ? Dec. 9
By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – National Champion Spring Arbor (Mich.) is the new No. 1 team in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• For the first time in school history, Spring Arbor (Mich.) (24-2-1) earns the No. 1 ranking. The Cougars defeated Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the 2015 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship on Dec. 5, 3-0. This was the first championship for the Cougars. Spring Arbor received all 19 first-place votes and a total of 529 points.
• Lindsey Wilson (20-2-2) drops to No. 2 after being ranked in the top spot the entire season. The Blue Raiders received 512 total points. Lindsey Wilson extends the longest active streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25 to 167, including 137-straight in the top 10.
• No. 3 Northwestern Ohio (20-3-2) (493 points), No. 4 Benedictine (Kan.) (22-2-1) (480 points) and No. 5 Mobile (Ala.) (19-3-0) (455 points) round out the top 5.
• There was not much movement within the Top 25 this week, as Spring Arbor had the biggest climb as it moved up three spots. Mobile and No. 16 Siena Heights (Mich.) (17-4-0) fell two spots, which highlighted the biggest negative movement. Sixteen teams moved one position or are ranked in the same spot as the Nov. 15th poll.
• No. 15 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (13-5-3) cracks the top 15 for the first time in school history.
• No. 25 Reinhardt (Ga.) (17-3-1) is the lone newcomer in this week’s installment. The Eagles are ranked for the first time in school history.
• Carroll (Mont.) (14-6-2) (No. 25) was the only team to drop out of the Top 25.
• Fourteen of the 19 conferences/Association of Independent Institutions are represented in this week’s installment.
• Four conferences lead all leagues with three teams represented each – Mid-South Conference, Southern States Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
• Lindsey Wilson holds the record for most No. 1 mentions at 56. Former-NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is second with 33.
• No team has gone the entire season ranked No. 1.
• Overall, 44 different teams were ranked this season.
• Two different teams have held the No. 1 ranking – Lindsey Wilson (10 weeks) and Spring Arbor (1 week).
• Fifteen institutions have been ranked in every poll this season.
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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’ Postseason Top 25 Poll (Dec. 9)
|RANK||LAST ^||SCHOOL (1st PLACE VOTES)||2015 RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||4||Spring Arbor (Mich.) (19)||24-2-1||529|
|2||1||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||20-2-2||512|
|6||5||William Carey (Miss.)||17-3-2||443|
|8||7||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||15-5-0||414|
|15||17||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||13-5-3||287|
|16||14||Siena Heights (Mich.)||17-4-0||275|
|19||19||Trinity International (Ill.)||13-5-3||223|
|22||24||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||14-4-2||137|
|24||23||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||15-5-1||128|
Dropped from the Top 25: Carroll (Mont.) (No. 25)
Others receiving votes: Carroll (Mont.) 115; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 90; UC Merced 33; Ottawa (Kan.) 33; Eastern Oregon 30; Science & Arts (Okla.) 29; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 28; Marian (Ind.) 20; Morningside (Iowa) 18; Ashford (Iowa) 9; Thomas (Ga.) 8; Bellevue (Neb.) 6; Missouri Valley 5; Point Park (Pa.) 5; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 4; Oklahoma Wesleyan 4.