KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Simon Fraser (B.C.) is the new No. 1 team in the second regular season edition of the 2010 NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The top spot marks the first time since 2000 that The Clan sits on top of the poll. The Clan gathered 644 total points and 13 first-place votes. Simon Fraser narrowly is the top team with a separation of three points (644-641) against No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio).
Five new teams enter the Top 25 led by the big jump of No.14 Shorter (Ga.). The Hawks are 3-0-1 overall and ranked for the first time since the 2008 season. Shorter has a Top-25 win against then-No. 17 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Aug. 27. All five teams, Shorter, No. 17 Belhaven (Miss.), No. 19 William Jewell (Mo.), No. 21 Kansas Wesleyan and No. 25 Bryan (Tenn.), are appearing in their first 2010 poll.
#11 California Baptist University, now 5-1, includes Glendale graduate Jared Dusha
#19 William Jewell Cardinals, in Liberty, MO is now 5-0 and includes three local boys – Ryan Squires, Will Griffin and Ian Kennedy, from Glendale, Parkview and Kickapoo respectively
#29 Ashford University (Iowa) includes Michael Handley from Webb City