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Bosko Kovacevic has helped the Warhawks win six straight matches and hold on to the No. 3 ranking in the NAIA Coaches' Poll.
Bosko Kovacevic has helped the Warhawks win six straight matches and hold on to the No. 3 ranking in the NAIA Coaches' Poll.
Men's Soccer - Tue. Oct. 02, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ----- Following a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference victories last week, the Auburn University at Montgomery men's soccer team stood firm at No. 3 in the fifth edition of the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.

The winners of six consecutive matches, the Warhawks also picked up three of the 20 first-place votes in the poll. AUM enters Wednesday's match against conference-foe No. 23 Mobile with an 8-1-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the SSAC.

Rio Grande (Ohio) took over the top spot in the poll after snapping previous-No. 1 Lindsey Wilson's 33-game winning streak with a 3-2 overtime victory this past weekend. The RedStorm picked up 557 total points, including 16 first-place votes. The Blue Raiders, the nation's top team for the past 10 polls, slipped to No. 2 with a total of 532 points, just four ahead of the Warhawks. League member Belhaven, the winners of 11 straight to open the 2012 season, maintained the No. 4 spot, earning the final remaining first-place vote, while Science and Arts (Okla.) rounded out the top five.

The SSAC led all conferences with five teams ranked, as the Warhawks, Blazers and Rams were joined by No. 9 Southern Poly and No. 17 Southern Wesleyan. Only one other conference, the Heart of America Athletic Conference, had as many as three teams in the rankings.

During its six-match winning streak, AUM has outscored its opponents by a margin of 17-2 and has recorded four shutouts.

In goal, junior Vignir Johannesson has surrendered just one goal, while stopping 20 shots and going 5-0. Senior Bosko Kovacevic earned the victory in the Warhawks remaining victory in the winning streak.

Offensively, AUM has attempted 108 shots, compared to just 63 for its opponents. Sophomore Elvar Sigurdsson anchored the attack with four goals and two assists in the span, while junior Baron Watson and freshmen Agust Arnarson and Sebastian Wladyko have each scored twice.

The Warhawks will return to action tomorrow, when they travel to the University of Mobile for a 7 p.m. tilt.

COMPLETE POLL

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2012 RECORD*

TOTAL POINTS

1

2

Rio Grande (Ohio) (16)

9-1-0

557

2

1

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

10-1-0

532

3

3

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (3)

8-1-1

528

4

4

Belhaven (Miss.) (1)

11-0-0

510

5

5

Science & Arts (Okla.)

7-0-2

483

6

6

Concordia (Calif.)

8-1-1

480

7

9

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

8-0-4

436

8

8

Columbia (Mo.)

8-0-3

424

9

7

Southern Poly (Ga.)

6-2-0

422

10

10

Oklahoma Wesleyan

9-0-1

411

11

11

Bethel (Tenn.)

5-1-1

378

12

16

Ashford (Iowa)

8-1-2

349

13

13

Missouri Valley

5-3-1

322

14

18

Kansas Wesleyan

5-2-2

303

T15

12

Robert Morris (Ill.)

7-1-1

277

T15

21

Benedictine (Kan.)

7-1-2

277

17

RV

Southern Wesleyan (S.C.)

8-1-0

266

18

22

Bryan (Tenn.)

7-1-1

238

19

17

Biola (Calif.)

5-3-1

216

20

RV

SCAD Savannah (Ga.)

5-3-1

205

21

25

Concordia (Ore.)

7-2-1

202

22

T14

Thomas (Ga.)

8-3-0

198

23

T14

Mobile (Ala.)

6-3-1

186

24

23

Hastings (Neb.)

6-4-0

175

25

RV

Lyon (Ark.)

6-1-2

136


Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 121; Northwood (Fla.) 78; Spring Arbor (Mich.) 63; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 42; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 32; Jamestown (N.D.) 17; Vanguard (Calif.) 13; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 11; Cumberlands (Ky.) 10; Central Methodist (Mo.) 9; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 5; Cornerstone (Mich.) 4; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 4; Bethel (Ind.) 3.