KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryan continues its ascent up the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll as it now sits tied for 15th, the national office announced Tuesday.
The Lions (9-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) collected 282 total voting points to move them up three spots to tie Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) for 15th.
Rio Grande (Ohio) stays at No. 1 for the second-straight week in the NAIA Coaches' Poll. No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds its position from last week, but the Top 25 saw considerable movements after the Blue Raiders. Overall, 22 programs shifted rank from a week ago. No. 17 Thomas (Ga.) and No. 25 Robert Morris (Ill.) were the biggest movers.
Making the best improvement within the Top 25, Thomas jumped five spots this week. The NightHawks are 6-1-0 in their last seven matches to improve to 10-3-0 on the year. On the flip side, Robert Morris tumbled the farthest with a 10-spot drop. The Eagles have lost two of their last four games, including a 2-1 setback against Calumet (Ind.) on Oct. 6.
With 560 points, Rio Grande is this week's unanimous top pick among the voters. The RedStorm are 9-1-0 on the season and take on Shawnee State (Ohio) on Tuesday. They currently own the nation's longest active win streak at nine-straight matches.
Following Lindsey Wilson in the top five is No. 3 Science & Arts (Okla.). The Drovers match their highest ranking of the season. No. 4 Concordia (Calif.) jumps up two spots and enjoys its first top-five ranking since the 2009 season. Belhaven captures 478 points to take home the No. 5 position.
No. 22 Northwood (Fla.), No. 23 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and No. 24 Saint Xavier (Ill.) are the newcomers. The trio was ranked at one point earlier this year.
Three clubs were replaced this week: Biola (Calif.) (No. 19), SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (No. 20) and Lyon (Ark.) (No. 25).
The Southern States Athletic Conference leads all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups with five teams in the Top 25: Belhaven, No. 6 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 10 Southern Poly (Ga.), No. 15 (tie) Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) and No. 19 Mobile (Ala.). The Heart of America Athletic Conference placed three teams in the rankings: No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 12 Missouri Valley and No. 14 Benedictine (Kan.). 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 seventh regular-season poll will be announced on Oct. 16.
To view the entire poll, click here.