August 15, 2017

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Baker Women’s Soccer to Begin 2017 Ranked in Top 10


BALDWIN CITY, KansasAfter 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.


Poll Methodology

  • 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.




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