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Women's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 21, 2009
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Union College continues to receive national attention, but the Lady Bulldogs are collecting fewer votes in the 2009  NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which was released Tuesday by the NAIA.

Union (12-2 overall, 6-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) is tied for 41st with 11 other squads, all of whom received one vote.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) garnered 13 first-place votes to take the No. 1 spot in the NAIA Top 25 Poll for the second week in a row. The Blue Raiders captured 607 points; 14 points ahead of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and Lee (Tenn.), who earned 593 points each to tie for second. Concordia (Ore.) slides up to the No. 4 spot with 566 points, and Vanguard (Calif.) rounds out the top-five with 538 points.

Lindsey Wilson is 11-2-1 on the season and is coming off of back-to-back shutouts over West Virginia Tech, 4-0 on Oct. 13 and an 11-0 victory over Rio Grande (Ohio) on Oct. 15. The Blue Raiders are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, and have shut out their opponent in eight of those games.

Azusa Pacific jumps two spots into a tie with Lee for the No. 2 spot in the poll. Azusa Pacific rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to overcome then-ranked No. 3 California Baptist 2-1 at home on Oct 17. The win tightened the Cougars grip on first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, improving their GSAC record to 7-0 on the season. Lee earns four-first place votes and retains its spot in the rankings after handling NCAA Division II No. 8 Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 4-1 on Oct. 13. The win earned Lee head coach Matthew Yelton the 200th win of his coaching career.

No. 4 Concordia takes over fourth place in the poll. The Cavaliers have won their last eight straight matches by a combined score of 27-2 and have an overall record of 15-1. Concordia defeated Southern Oregon 3-0 on Oct. 17 for its ninth shutout of the season. Vanguard continues its march up the poll, claiming its highest spot in the Top 25 this season at No. 5. Vanguard began the season receiving votes in the preseason poll. The Lions have outscored their opponents 30-5 this season and have posted seven shutouts on their way to 10-1-1 record, 4-1-1 GSAC.

No. 22 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) joins No. 16 Marian (Ind.) as the only new teams in the Top 25 rankings this week. Point Loma Nazarene upset then-ranked No. 3 California Baptist 2-0 on Oct. 13, to jump back into the poll. Marian finds itself in the Top 25 for the first time this season after knocking off then-ranked No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan 1-0 on Oct. 13. The Knights No. 16 ranking is their highest in school history, dating back to 1999.

Fourteen conferences are represented in the Top 25; the Golden State Athletic Conference leads all conferences with five schools. The GSAC is represented by Azusa Pacific, Vanguard, No. 8 California Baptist, No. 14 Concordia (Calif.) and Point Loma Nazarene. The Heart of America Athletic Conference is the only other conference with more than two schools in the rankings. The three HAAC schools are No. 10 Graceland (Iowa), No. 15 Baker (Kan.) and No. 20 Benedictine (Kan.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The eighth regular season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 27.

Union returns to action Saturday when it plays host to Brescia (Ky.) University at 2 p.m.

To view the entire poll, click here.