KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryan cracked the 2012 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the first time this season, landing at No. 23 as the national office released the third regular-season edition of the poll on Tuesday.
The Lions (4-1 overall, 2-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) received 129 total voting points to put them 18 behind No. 22 Oklahoma City.
No other AAC team received a vote.
For the ninth-consecutive time, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) takes the top position in the NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Blue Raiders were the unanimous selection with 21 first-place votes and 591 total points. The rest of the top five remains where they were last week with No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio), No. 3 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), fourth-ranked Belhaven (Miss.) and No. 5 Science & Arts (Okla.).
Lindsey Wilson moved into second place for the NAIA's longest winning streak with its 29th-straight victory on Sept. 11 against Campbellsville (Ky.). Prior to its match on Monday, the Blue Raiders stand with a 7-0-0 record. They rank first in the NAIA in both scoring and defensive shutouts with five.
No. 12 Robert Morris (Ill.) and No. 15 Kansas Wesleyan are the big surprises with an eight-spot improvement. The Eagles took down a Top-25 opponent last week, while Kansas Wesleyan went 1-0-1 against No. 13 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 9 Columbia (Mo.).
The bottom four teams in the Top 25 check in as the newcomers: No. 22 Oklahoma City, No. 23 Bryan, No. 24 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 25 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.). Benedictine was ranked two weeks ago, but the others have snapped a lengthy absence. Bryan is listed for the first time since Sept. 20, 2011 (No. 19) and one has to go back to Sept. 7, 2010 when Oklahoma City was last ranked (No. 24). Since poll records go back to 2000, the national mention for Embry-Riddle is the first during that span.
With the jump of those four teams, Texas at Brownsville (No. 15), Lee (Tenn.) (No. 18), Great Falls (Mont.) (No. 22) and Northwood (Fla.) (No. 25) all fell out.
The Southern States Athletic Conference again tops all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups with four teams in the Top 25: Auburn Montgomery, Belhaven, No. 7 Southern Poly (Ga.) and No. 14 Mobile (Ala.). The Heart of America Athletic Conference placed three teams in the rankings: No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 13 Missouri Valley and Benedictine. Four other conferences landed a pair of teams in the Top 25.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independents/unaffiliated groups. The fourth regular-season poll will be announced on Sept. 25.
To view the entire poll, click here.