MARIETTA, Ga. – After losing its only game last week, a 1-0 setback to Southern States Athletic Conference rival Lee University, the Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer team fell five spots to 17th nationally, according to the latest NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll that was released on Tuesday.
Southern Polytechnic, which received 268 points in this week’s poll, began the year ranked No. 3 and then climbed up to second – its highest rating in the six-year history of the program. Southern Poly had been between No. 7 and No. 12 the past seven weeks. Defending national champion
Lindsey Wilson College, with a 15-1-0 overall record, is back atop the poll after receiving 589 points and is followed by the University of Rio Grande (13-1-1, 572 points), the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (13-0-3, 549), Oklahoma Wesleyan University (17-0-1, 511) and Concordia University Irvine (15-2-1, 508). Besides the Hornets, other SSAC teams in the rating include the University of Mobile at seventh (13-3-1, 490 points), Auburn University at Montgomery at No. 8 (13-3-2, 452), Southern Wesleyan University at 11th (13-2-1, 392) and Belhaven University at No. 15 (14-3-1, 328). The entire poll can be viewed at naia.org.
SPSU finished the regular season with an 11-4-1 overall record, including 7-3-1 in the conference, tying for fourth place. Southern Poly opens SSAC Tournament play as the No. 5 seed and travels this Saturday to take on Belhaven University, which is seeded fourth, in a first-round match. The contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. Eastern) in Jackson, Miss.