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Women's Soccer Makes Top 25 Debut

September 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the first time since the 2010 Final Poll (Nov. 14), Concordia (Ore.) claims the No. 1 ranking. The Cavaliers tallied 20-of-21 first-place votes and 591 points en route to the top pick in the second regular-season edition of the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.

Concordia is tied for the NAIA lead with six wins this season, including three victories against ranked opponents: 2-0 against then-No. 12 Hastings (Neb.); 2-0 against No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); and 2-1 against No. 18 Concordia (Calif.). Much of the Cavaliers success this season has been predicated on its defense, which has held opponents to just two goals this season.

Second-ranked Lindsey Wilson received 563 points, while previously top-ranked Lee (Tenn.) fell two spots to No. 3 after opening the season 1-1. The Lady Flames earned one first-place vote and 551 points.

Embry-Riddle jumped one position from No. 5 to No. 4 following a 3-1 upset of Lee on Sept. 9. The victory was the first-ever win against a top-five opponent for the Eagles and snapped the Lady Flames NAIA-best 21 match win streak.

Oklahoma City rounded out the top five with 503 points, while previously top-five Mobile (Ala.) fell to No. 6 after losing to unranked SCAD Savannah (Ga.), 1-0, on Sept. 6.

No. 17 William Carey (Miss.) and No. 22 Siena Heights (Mich.) made the largest leap from last week with each program moving up three places. Conversely, Northwood (Fla.) fell four spots from No. 19 to No. 23.

Two newcomers joined the ranks in No. 16 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 25 The Master's (Calif.). The Lions boast a 3-0 record, including a 4-0 victory against No. 19 Kansas Wesleyan on Sept. 3, and have yet to be scored on this season. TMC is 4-1-2 overall with its only loss coming to top-ranked Concordia (OR).

Fourteen conferences/independent/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by four from the Southern States Athletic Conference - Lee, Mobile, No. 13 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) and William Carey - and the Golden State Athletic Conference - No. 8 Westmont (Calif.), Vanguard, Concordia, The Master's College. The Unaffiliated Group consisting of the Frontier Conference and TranSouth Athletic Conference is third with three teams, while The Sun, Chicagoland Collegiate 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. 18.

2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 2 (Sept. 11)

RANK

LAST TIME

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2012 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

2

Concordia (Ore.) (20)

6-0-0

591

2

3

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

2-1-1

563

3

1

Lee (Tenn.) (1)

1-1-0

551

4

5

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

4-2-0

546

5

6

Oklahoma City

2-0-0

503

6

4

Mobile (Ala.)

4-1-0

493

7

7

Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

4-0-0

483

8

10

Westmont (Calif.)

2-1-1

438

9

9

Baker (Kan.)

2-1-1

437

10

8

Spring Arbor (Mich.)

3-1-1

431

11

10

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

5-2-0

388

12

12

Cal State San Marcos

3-1-0

380

13

14

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

3-0-1

375

14

13

Judson (Ill.)

4-0-0

349

15

15

Graceland (Iowa)

4-1-0

321

16

RV

Vanguard (Calif.)

3-0-0

305

17

20

William Carey (Miss.)

4-1-0

269

18

18

Concordia (Calif.)

3-2-0

256

19

17

Kansas Wesleyan

3-1-0

243

20

21

Bellevue (Neb.)

3-1-0

224

21

22

Westminster (Utah)

5-1-0

176

22

25

Siena Heights (Mich.)

3-0-1

174

23

19

Northwood (Fla.)

3-3-0

157

24

23

Carroll (Mont.)

4-0-0

130

25

RV

The Master’s (Calif.)

4-1-2

115