FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2017
Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
Men’s Soccer to Begin 2017 Ranked No. 17
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University men’s soccer team will begin the 2017 campaign ranked No. 17 in the country, as the 2017 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll was announced on Tuesday.
Baker is coming off of its fourth-straight trip to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round and went 13-5-2 a year ago.
The ‘Cats return four All-Conference performers from a year ago including NAIA All-American Steeve Pouna.
Also returning for Baker is senior forward and 2016 Second Team All-Conference selection Blake Levine along with Peyton Brown and Gonnie Ben-Tal who were named to the Heart Third Team All-Conference last season.
The Wildcats will open up the season on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8:30 p.m. inside Liston Stadium against University of Science & Arts (Okla.).
Two other teams from the Heart of America Athletic Conference were ranked in the Top 25 announced on Tuesday, including No. 3 Grand View and No. 8 MNU.
Top 25 Highlights:
- After being ranked No. 25 in the 2016 preseason poll, the Broncos were in the top five for the rest of the 2016 season which they capped off with a 1-0 victory over Rio Grande (Ohio) in the NAIA National Championship
- Hastings (Neb.) return three NAIA All-Americans from 2016, including Daniel Whitehall, who was the 2016 National Player of the Year. Whitehall owns the school record for goals in a season with 34, and points in a season, with 77. GPAC defensive player of the year and 2nd Team All-American Joe White returns at goalkeeper for his senior season with the Broncos.
- No. 25 Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) joins the Top 25 for the first time since 2013.
- Rio Grande (Ohio) holds the record for most No. 1 rankings with 57. They currently are ranked No. 2. The RedStorm were 2015 NAIA National Champions and the National Runner-Up in 2016.
- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) holds the record for the longest consecutively-ranked active school at 106-straight polls, dating back to the first installment of the 2007 Top 25 Poll (Sept. 5). Rio Grande is second with 99-consecutive rankings.
- 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 rating) 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 appear on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
- For the complete men’s soccer ratings calendar, click here.
To view the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.