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AUM's regular season begins on Aug. 25 with a home matchup against Davenport.
AUM's regular season begins on Aug. 25 with a home matchup against Davenport.
Men's Soccer - Wed. Aug. 15, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  ---- The NAIA released its Men's Soccer Preseason Top 25 Poll on Wednesday, and Auburn Montgomery is ranked ninth in the nation to start the year. The Warhawks had the largest increase in the poll from the end of last season, as they were voted 19th in the final poll of 2011.

AUM received 380 total points, which is voted on by a panel of head coaches from across the NAIA. Earlier in the summer, they were projected to finish second in the preseason Southern States Athletic Conference coaches poll.

"It's always an honor to be ranked that high in the poll," Head Coach Wulf Koch said. "It's been a while since we've been in the top 10, but I think the coaches recognized the way we finished last season. We had a very good run in the conference playoffs, and unfortunately we weren't able to make it to the national championship tournament, but we have a lot of good players returning and I also like our new recruiting class."

AUM was a penalty shootout away from reaching the NAIA tournament last year, falling to Southern Poly in the SSAC championship game. The team finished 2011 with a 12-5-4 record (8-2-2 SSAC).

The Warhawks were one of five members of the SSAC to crack the top 25, joining Southern Poly (No. 3), William Carey (No. 5), Mobile (No. 12) and Belhaven (No. 17). No other conference had more than three teams in the poll.

Defending NAIA champion Lindsey Wilson received the top spot in the poll, with 529 points and all 19 first-place votes. The Blue Raiders finished 2011 undefeated with a 23-0-0 record. AUM will travel to Lindsey Wilson for a regular-season matchup on Sep. 8.

A new poll will be issued by the NAIA each week during the regular season. The next rankings are released on Sep. 4.

 

2012 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll  

RANK

LAST WEEK^

SCHOOL

2011 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (19)

23-0-0

529

2

3

Baker (Kan.)

20-2-1

510

3

6

Southern Poly (Ga.)

17-3-2

489

4

5

Rio Grande (Ohio)

19-3-0

479

5

4

William Carey (Miss.)

16-4-3

465

6

7

Grand View (Iowa)

18-3-2

439

7

8

Science & Arts (Okla.)

18-5-0

420

8

11

Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)

16-5-1

393

9

19

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)

12-5-4

380

10

13

Missouri Valley

14-3-1

359

11

6

Bethel (Tenn.)

14-3-2

351

12

12

Mobile (Ala.)

16-3-1

319

13

14

Huston-Tillotson (Texas)

18-3-1

312

14

18

Biola (Calif.)

13-5-3

302

15

16

Kansas Wesleyan

17-4-0

293

16

15

Concordia (Ore.)

16-2-1

286

17

9

Belhaven (Miss.)

16-5-0

241

18

22

Concordia (Calif.)

14-4-1

228

19

21

Benedictine (Kan.)

15-3-0

191

20

NR

Taylor (Ind.)

19-2-1

188

21

17

Great Falls (Mont.)

16-5-0

174

22

23

Columbia (Mo.)

15-3-1

163

23

24

Oklahoma Wesleyan

14-5-2

152

24

NR

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

13-5-2

142

25

20

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

14-9-0

129

     

^ Indicates the 2011 postseason poll announced on Dec. 6