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Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:27

Men’s Soccer Ends 2013 in Top 10

Baker finishes the 2013 season ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Baker finishes the 2013 season ranked No. 9 in the NAIA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After another trip to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship final site and appearance in the Second Round of this year's national tournament, the Baker University men's soccer team wrapped up the 2013 season ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll.

Baker ended its season with a record of 15-6-2 and earned two NAIA All-Americans Andy Griffin (second team) and Matt Bickley (honorable mention).

The Southern States Athletic Conference shares the lead among all conferences/independents/unaffiliated groupings with four teams among the Top 25: Martin Methodist, Auburn Montgomery, No. 8 Belhaven and No. 25 Southern Wesleyan (S.C.). The Heart of America Athletic Conference also placed four teams among the Top 25: No. 9 Baker, No. 12 MidAmerica Nazarene, No. 14 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 16 Missouri Valley.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000) Martin Methodist (Tenn.) earns its first-ever No. 1 ranking after winning its first Men's Soccer National Championship... 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 seven different teams were ranked No. 1: Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile, Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Rio Grande (Ohio), Grand View (Iowa) and Martin Methodist... 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 83-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll... Rio Grande is next in line with 76-consecutive rankings, followed by Belhaven at 49 and Missouri Valley at 43... 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, 20 different teams have claimed the No. 1 spot in the poll... Fifteen of the 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the Postseason Top 25 poll... Since 2000, just two teams have spent the entire season ranked No. 1—Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande in 2004.

For a look at the Postseason Top 25 poll, please click here.


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