MARIETTA, Ga. – Despite going 2-0 with a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference wins last week, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team dropped one spot to No. 10 nationally, according to the latest NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday. One of those victories was a 2-1 win over Southern Wesleyan University, which jumped from 17th last week to tied for 15th this week.
Southern Polytechnic, which received 410 points in this week’s poll, began the season ranked No. 3 and then climbed up to second – its highest rating in the six-year history of the program. Southern Poly dropped to No. 8, was at seventh for two weeks and then at No. 9 last week.
The University of Rio Grande, with a 9-1-0 overall record and 560 points, remained the top-ranked squad in the nation and is followed by defending national champion Lindsey Wilson College (11-1-0, 542 points), the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (9-0-2, 513), Concordia University Irvine (10-1-1, 500), Belhaven University (12-1-0, 478), Auburn University at Montgomery (9-2-1, 470), Columbia (Mo.) College (10-0-3, 448), Oklahoma Wesleyan University (11-0-1, 431) and MidAmerica Nazarene University (8-0-5, 426). The Hornets, along with Belhaven and Auburn Montgomery, are members of the SSAC. The entire poll can be viewed at naia.org.
SPSU travels to Faulkner University for a conference game on Thursday. The match is set for 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. Eastern) in Montgomery, Ala.