KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryan is holding strong in the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll as it remains No. 15 for the second week in a row, the national office announced Tuesday.
The Lions (10-2-1 overall, 6-0-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) garnered 327 total voting points, putting them four behind No. 14 Southern Wesleyan (S.C.).
Behind the NAIA's longest active win streak, Rio Grande (Ohio) captures the No. 1 spot in the NAIA Coaches' Poll. The RedStorm was the unanimous decision at No. 1 with 21 first-place votes and 591 total points. After a season-opening loss, Rio Grande has won its last 11 matches to stand 11-1-0.
For the third-straight week, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) held at the No. 2 position with 572 points. Undefeated at 11-0-2, No. 3 Science & Arts (Okla.) posted 549 points. No. 4 Concordia (Calif.) locked down from last week with 534 points. After a win in the NAIA Game of the Week on Oct. 13, No. 5 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) improved one spot and moved back into the top five.
No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) made a modest jump but the most substantial this week. The Ravens are moved up three positions. Conversely, Bethel (Tenn.) tumbled 12 spots all the way down to No. 23 (tie).
With an 8-3-0 record, No. 20 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) is this week's newcomer. The RedHawks are ranked for the first time since Sept. 14, 2010 (No. 8). The key was a 3-0 shutout over then-No. 11 Bethel on Oct. 10.
Saint Xavier (Ill.) (No. 24) was bumped out with the addition of Martin Methodist.
The Southern States Athletic Conference leads all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups with five teams in the Top 25: Auburn Montgomery, No. 6 Belhaven (Miss.), No. 10 Southern Poly (Ga.), No. 14 Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) and No. 18 Mobile (Ala.). The Heart of America Athletic Conference placed three teams in the rankings: No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Benedictine and No. 13 Missouri Valley.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independents/unaffiliated groups. The second NAIA Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) will be announced on Wednesday by 5 p.m. CST. The eighth regular-season poll will be announced on Oct. 23.
To view the entire poll, click here.