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11.17.13 | M Soccer

Men’s Soccer Vaults to No. 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University men's soccer team soared up the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll on Sunday afternoon, as they moved from No. 8 to No. 3.

This is the second highest ranking ever for the program, as they were ranked No. 2 in the 2012 Preseason Poll.

Baker clinched the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Friday afternoon in a 1-0 victory over No. 1 seeded MidAmerica Nazarene on MNU's home field.

With the win Baker earned an automatic bid into next week's NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round.

Baker will find out who and where it will play tomorrow Monday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at www.naia.org. The NAIA will have a live selection show at that time with the full bracket.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000) Grand View (Iowa) earns its program-best third-straight No. 1 ranking in today's poll... This year, Mobile (Ala.) became the first former-No. 1 to fall out of the Top 25 in the same season since former-member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in 2008... This season, an NAIA-record six different teams have been ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile, Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Rio Grande (Ohio) and Grand View... In 2012, just three teams claimed the No. 1 ranking all season: Lindsey Wilson, Rio Grande and Belhaven... Cal State San Marcos, Campbellsville (Ky.), Corban (Ore.), Georgia Gwinnett, Marymount (Calif.), Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), San Diego Christian (Calif.), St. Thomas (Texas) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) earned their first Top 25 rankings this season... Lindsey Wilson is the longest consecutively ranked active school at 82-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll... Rio Grande is next in line with 75-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 48 and Missouri Valley at 42... Lindsey Wilson boasts the most all-time No. 1 rankings with 47, followed by Rio Grande with 41, Bethel (Tenn.) with 11 and Hastings with 10... Overall, 19 different teams have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll... Fourteen of the 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the final regular-season Top 25 poll... Since 2000, just two teams have spent the entire season ranked No. 1—Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande in 2004.

To look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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