KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryan made its return to the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll as the Lions are the 21st-ranked team in the latest poll, the national office announced Tuesday.
Bryan (11-3-2 overall, 6-1-1- Appalachian Athletic Conference) received 211 total voting points, putting it four back of No. 20 Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
Also representing the AAC is Milligan, which garnered 45 total voting points to put it six places outside of the top 25.
After a four-week period, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is back in the No. 1 spot in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Combine a Blue Raiders victory over then-No. 20 Bethel (Tenn.) with a tie by Rio Grande (Ohio) last week and Lindsey Wilson moved up from its second-place position with 589 points. Lindsey Wilson earned 18-of-21 first-place votes.
Second-ranked Rio Grande fell from the top perch as it had its 13-match win streak snapped with a double overtime draw against Bryan (Tenn.) on Oct. 27. The RedStorm gathered 572 total points and the remaining three first-place votes. In the upcoming Mid-South Conference Tournament, Rio Grande holds the No. 1 seed, while the Blue Raiders are second. Both clubs could potentially clash in the tournament championship on Nov. 8.
No. 3 Science & Arts (Okla.) holds steady for the fourth-consecutive week. Moving up two positions, No. 4 Oklahoma Wesleyan is in the top five for the first time this year. No. 5 Concordia (Calif.), who improves two spots, enjoys its ninth-straight week in the top 10.
One week after its first Top 25 ranking in 2012, No. 18 St. Thomas (Fla.) is the biggest improvement within the poll with a four-spot spike. The Bobcats are owners of 10 victories in their last 11 outings to improve to 10-3-1 on the year. Conversely, Southern Poly (Ga.) fell the hardest, down five spots to No. 17. In their last four contests, the Hornets are 1-2-1.
The newcomers this week are all familiar with the Top 25 this year as they were ranked at least on one previous occasion. No. 21 Bryan (Tenn.), No. 24 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 25 Hastings (Neb.) jump back in the poll.
Thomas (Ga.) (No. 21), Milligan (Tenn.) (No. 23) and Biola (Calif.) (No. 24) were the teams that dropped out of the Top 25 this week.
The Southern States Athletic Conference leads all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups with five teams in the Top 25: No. 8 Mobile (Ala.), No. 9 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 11 Southern Wesleyan (S.C.), No. 15 Belhaven (Miss.) and No. 17 Southern Poly. The Heart of America Athletic Conference placed three teams in the rankings: No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 12 Missouri Valley and No. 13 Benedictine (Kan.).
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independents/unaffiliated groups. The 10th regular-season poll will be announced on Nov. 6. The 32 qualifiers for the 2012 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship will be announced on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. CDT and the pairings will be announced on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. CDT.
To view the entire poll, click here.