Crossroads League in the NAIA National Polls | October 9-15
KANSAS CITY – The NAIA released a new batch of Top-25 Polls this week for the sports of soccer and cross country. The Crossroads League placed 13 teams in those polls and currently boasts a total of 20 teams ranked or receiving votes during the fall seasons.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (Next Poll on October 17)
No. 2 Spring Arbor (12-1, 4-0 CL) did not budge in the latest poll, holding at 482 points. SAU has won five-straight and scored a pair of 2-0 victories at then-No. 21 Taylor and Huntington over the past week.
No. 15 Marian (10-2-1, 3-0-1 CL) moved up another two positions and added nine points for a new total of 266. The Knights extended their unbeaten streak to 10-straight matches with a win over MVNU and a 1-1 draw at Goshen.
RV Taylor (9-4, 2-2 CL) fell from the Top-25 and sank 21 points to a total of 60. The Trojans suffered back-to-back defeats to MVNU and SAU, before rebounding with a 1-0 win over Bethel.
RV Mount Vernon Nazarene (8-3-1, 2-1-1 CL) hauled in 45 points to jump into the national rankings. The Cougars split their last two outings, falling 2-1 at Marian and winning 2-1 at USF.
RV Indiana Wesleyan (9-1-2, 2-1-1 CL) gained eight points to remain in the poll. IWU rebounded from a loss at No. 2 SAU to take home wins over Huntington and Grace.
MEN’S SOCCER (Next Poll on October 17)
No. 18 Spring Arbor (11-2, 4-0 CL) gained one more spot in the poll with a new total of 228 points. The Cougars stayed unbeaten in league play with home shutouts of Saint Francis and Huntington.
RV Bethel (8-3-2, 2-1-1 CL) garnered five points in the poll. The Pilots fell at Marian by a 2-1 count and blanked TU, 2-0, in their last two outings.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (Next Poll on October 25)
No. 7 Taylor climbed three spots higher in the top-10 with a new total of 475 points. The Trojans finished second-of-18 at the Louisville Classic and Bethel Invite since the latest poll, finishing back of now-No. 1 Aquinas in each outing.
No. 20 Marian dipped two positions in the new poll with a total of 235 points. The Knights posted a seventh-place finish in Louisville and a fifth at Bethel over the past two weekends.
No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan crept up two spots with a total of 200 points. IWU scored ninth in Louisville and rallied for a fourth-place showing at Bethel last weekend.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (Next Poll on October 25)
No. 15 Taylor slipped two positions in the poll and dropped 27 points to a new total of 334. TU followed a pair of wins to open the season with a fifth at the Louisville Classic and a second at the Bethel Invite the past two weekends.
No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan moved up one spot and 41 points to an improved total of 242. The Wildcats finished 10th in Louisville, before scoring a win at the 11-team Lucian Rosa Invite in Wisconsin.
RV Marian jumped back into the national poll by receiving 64 points. The Knights rebounded from a 13th-place showing at the Louisville Classic to take fourth at the Bethel Invite.
CROSSROADS LEAGUE IN ADDITIONAL TOP-25 POLLS
VOLLEYBALL (Announced on October 3 – Next Poll on October 17)
No. 25 Marian
RV Indiana Wesleyan
WOMEN’S GOLF (Announced on September 29 – Next Poll on November 3)
No. 17 Bethel
No. 22 Marian
No. 23 Taylor
MEN’S GOLF (Announced on September 29 – Next Poll on November 3)
No. 15 Taylor