2018 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Week 7 (Oct. 16)
William Carey (Miss.) tops the poll for the sixth-consecutive week.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – William Carey (Miss.) remains No. 1 for the sixth week in a row in the 2018 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, while former No. 3 Mobile (Ala.) plummeted to No. 20 after it dropped two games last week.
- William Carey’s grasp on the top spot strengthened a bit after wins over Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and now-No. 16 Bethel (Tenn.). A week ago, the Crusaders were No. 1 by just one point; their lead over Oklahoma Wesleyan is now three points. They also picked up an additional first place vote.
- Mobile’s two-loss week resulted in a minor shake-up in the Top 5. Rio Grande (Ohio) jumped from No. 5 to No. 3. The Red Storm are 13-0-0 on the year; the same mark as William Carey. Those two are the only perfect records left in the Top 25. Rio Grande received a first-place vote for the second week in a row.
- Central Methodist (Mo.) jumped two spots from No. 7 to No. 5, and it stands 11-1-2 on the season.
- Bethel (Tenn.) was the lone addition to the Top 25 poll, and what an addition it was. Bethel went from unranked to No. 16 after beating then third-ranked Mobile (Ala.) and taking William Carey to the wire in a 2-1 loss.
- Menlo (Calif.) fell out of the poll.
- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the record as the longest consecutively ranked active school at 124-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the Top 25 in 2007. Rio Grande is second on the list with 114 consecutive polls.
- The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions 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 considered 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 teams appear on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”
- 2018 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 7 (Oct. 16)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||1||William Carey (Miss.) (10)||13-0-0||491|
|2||2||Oklahoma Wesleyan (7)||11-1-0||488|
|3||5||Rio Grande (Ohio) (1)||13-0-0||457|
|5||7||Central Methodist (Mo.)||12-1-2||442|
|8||10||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||12-1-0||388|
|9||6||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||10-2-1||365|
|11||13||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||9-2-0||337|
|14||20||Spring Arbor (Mich.)||12-3-0||250|
|15||14||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||10-4-0||246|
|18||18||Southwestern Christian (Okla.)||12-1-1||238|
|21||23||University of Northwestern Ohio||10-2-2||206|
|22||11||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||11-3-0||151|
|23||25||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||10-2-0||137|
Dropped out: Menlo (Calif.)
Receiving votes: William Woods (Mo.) 84, Arizona Christian 80, WVU Tech 37, Grace (Ind.) 33, Marymount California 28, The Master’s (Calif.) 21, Indiana Tech 18, Science & Arts (Okla.) 15, Keiser (Fla.) 13, William Penn (Iowa) 13, Menlo (Calif.) 11, Kansas Wesleyan 8, Columbia (Mo.) 8, Georgia Gwinnett 6, Houston-Victoria (Texas) 5, Madonna (Mich.) 3, Point (Ga.) 3