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Men's Soccer - Wed, Aug. 16, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following its history making season, Grand View claimed the No. 3 ranking in the 2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Vikings earned their first appearance in the semifinals in school history after defeating # 5 seed Keiser University (Fla.) 3-0 in the sweet 16 and #4 seed University of Northwestern Ohio 1-0 in the elite 8. In their final match of the 2016 season, the Vikings fell to #1 seed and undefeated 2016 National Champions Hasting College (Neb.) in overtime.

The Vikings were also chosen to win the #HeartMSOC conference title. 

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.

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 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.

2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Aug. 15)

11Hastings (Neb.)24-0-1498
22Rio Grande (Ohio)21-2-2482
34Grand View (Iowa)17-7-1457
45Northwestern Ohio19-2-3450
56WVU Tech18-3-2429
68Oklahoma Wesleyan19-1-2426
79William Carey (Miss.)16-3-2390
810MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)16-4-1375
911Marymount (Calif.)17-2-2369
1012Corban (Ore.)20-3-0345
1117Bryan (Tenn.)16-3-3343
1213Thomas (Ga.)15-4-2319
1314Midland (Neb.)17-4-1307
1415Spring Arbor (Mich.)15-4-4292
157Union (Ky.)19-3-2277
1616Campbellsville (Ky.)16-2-3261
1718Baker (Kan.)13-5-2248
1819Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)16-4-2207
19T24John Brown (Ark.)13-4-2195
2021Rocky Mountain (Mont.)13-5-2180
2123Georgia Gwinnett13-4-3167
2225Menlo (Calif.)15-5-1163
23T24Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)13-4-2147
2420Wayland Baptist (Texas)14-4-3130
25NRHannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)12-4-4102

Others Receiving Votes: Westmont (Calif.) 70, Benedictine (Kan.) 46, McPherson (Kan.) 42, St. Thomas (Fla.) 28, Columbia (Mo.) 28, Vanguard (Calif.) 26, Dalton State (Ga.) 22, Reinhardt (Ga.) 19, Bellevue (Neb.) 17, Southern Oregon 16, Indiana Tech 14, Missouri Valley 5.

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