FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2017
Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
Baker Women’s Soccer to Begin 2017 Ranked in Top 10
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After one of its greatest seasons in program history, the Baker University women’s soccer team will begin the 2017 season ranked No. 6 in the nation, as the 2017 NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll was announced on Tuesday.
The Wildcats went 17-4-3 a year ago and advanced to its second-ever NAIA Fab Four.
Baker is also under new leadership this season, as Mark Sheldon will lead the ‘Cats as its new head coach.
BU returns four Heart All-Conference performers from a year ago including Heart Freshman of the Year Jenna Lattimer.
Kady Dieringer was a second team All-Conference midfielder last season and Megan Johnson returns for her senior season, as she was named to the Second Team All-Conference in 2016.
Baker opens up the season on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. vs. University of Science & Arts (Okla.) inside Liston Stadium.
Also ranked in the Top 25 from the Heart of America Athletic Conference includes, No. 4 Benedictine and No. 25 MNU.
- The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
- The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
- The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.
- For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
- The University of Northwestern Ohio claims the No. 1 ranking for the second time in program history and enters the year looking to become the first program to win back-to-back titles since Lee (Tenn.) won four-straight from 2008 to 2011.
- The Racers open the year back-to-back home matches before a four-match road trip pits the club against No. 11 Westmont (Calif.) (August 29), No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.) (August 31), No. 2 Spring Arbor (Mich.) (Sept. 6) and No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (Sept. 9). The University of Northwestern Ohio opens the year against Marian (Ind.) on August 22.
- Three newcomers join the Top 25 – No. 23 Robert Morris (Ill.), No. 25 (tied) Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and No. 25 (tied) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). All three teams were ranked at some point during the 2016 season.
- Lindsey Wilson boasts the longest active streak in the Top 25 with 180-consecutive mentions, including 151-straight in the top 10.
- The Blue Raiders also own the most No. 1 rankings since 1999 with 58.
To view the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.