September 18, 2012
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Top-ranked Concordia (Ore.) claimed 18-of-21 first-place votes and obtained the top billing for the second-straight week in the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Cavaliers, who are 1-of-6 unbeaten teams in the Top 25 at 6-0-2, tallied 589 total points.
Lee (Tenn.) received the final three first-place votes and 574 points to claim the No. 2 position, while No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) dropped one spot from last week with 554 points.
The remainder of the top-five was unchanged from last week with No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and No. 5 Oklahoma City rounding out the quartet.
No. 10 William Carey (Miss.) improved seven positions for the biggest jump within the Top 25. The Crusaders, who earn their first top-10 ranking since Sept. 6, 2011, are 5-1-1 on the year including a win against Embry-Riddle (3-2) and draw against Concordia (1-1) last week. William Carey's only loss was a 2-1 defeat at No. 15 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) - then-No. 11 - on Sept. 9. No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) was the only other team to move more than two places, jumping four spots from No. 16.
Cal State San Marcos slid the farthest of the ranked teams, dropping five positions from No. 12 to No. 17. The Cougars posted a 0-1-1 record last week with a 3-3 tie against unranked Biola (Calif.) on Sept. 11 before losing in overtime to No. 16 Concordia (Calif.), 1-1.
Davenport (Mich.) makes its first-ever appearance in the Top 25, leaping from receiving votes to No. 21. The Panthers have won two-straight, including a 2-1 victory over Martin Methodist on Sept. 16. Conversely, Bellevue (Neb.) (No. 20) falls from the rankings.
Thirteen conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four from the Southern States Athletic Conference - Lee, No. 6 Mobile (Ala.), William Carey and No. 13 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) - and the Golden State Athletic Conference - No. 7 Westmont (Calif.), Vanguard, Concordia, No. 24 The Masters (Calif.). The Unaffiliated Group consisting of the Frontier Conference and TranSouth Athletic Conference is third with three teams, while The Sun, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and Heart of America Athletic Conference have two representatives each.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independent/unaffiliated groups. For a complete women's soccer ratings calendar, click here. The next Top 25 will be announced on Sept. 25.
2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 3 (Sept. 18)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2012 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Ore.) (18)||6-0-2||589|
|2||3||Lee (Tenn.) (3)||3-1-0||574|
|3||2||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||3-2-1||554|
|9||10||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||5-1-1||421|
|10||17||William Carey (Miss.)||5-1-1||420|
|11||7||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||4-2-0||391|
|13||13||Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||5-0-1||366|
|15||11||Martin Methodist (Tenn.)||6-3-0||313|
|17||12||Cal State San Marcos||3-2-1||288|
|24||25||The Master’s (Calif.)||4-1-2||144|
|25||22||Siena Heights (Mich.)||4-0-1||137|