Hawks men's soccer jumps to 16th in NAIA poll

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Jerome Toby

Jerome Toby

Sept. 30, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. - After taking their first-ever victory over the Lee University Flames last week, the Shorter College Hawks men's soccer team took a big leap in the latest NAIA Top 25 coaches poll, jumping from No. 24 to No. 16. Additionally, Shorter was ranked first in the Southern States Athletic Conference, ahead of cross-town rival Berry College (entering the poll at No. 17), and No. 23 Auburn University-Montgomery (down from No. 8).

The Hawks (6-1, 5-0) are on a week's rest going into tomorrow's conference match-up with Reinhardt College (4-1, 1-1), with the men beginning play at 3 p.m., and the women following at 5 p.m. They will travel on Saturday to play nationally-ranked No. 15 Belhaven College.

From the NAIA:

For the first time this season, there is no change at the top of the poll, where last week's No. 1 team, Rio Grande, stays right where they were after defeating Daemen (N.Y.) 6-0. The Red Storm now stand at 8-0-1 on the season. They received 17 first-place votes and 648 total points in this week's poll.

Not only was there no change at No. 1, there were no changes in the Top 5 at all. Coming in at No. 2 again this week are the Sunbirds of Fresno Pacific (Calif.) who collect six first-place votes and 637 total points. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) checks in at No.3 after receiving 611 total points. McKendree (Ill.) stays at No. 4 in the poll after collecting 589 total points. Rounding out the Top 5 is Southern Nazarene (Okla.). The Crimson Storm earn 565 total points.

This week's poll sees five new teams enter the Top 25: Berry, No. 19 Notre Dame (Ohio), No. 21 Benedictine (Kan.), No. 24 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and No. 25 Warner Pacific (Ore.).

The next regular season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 7.

For the complete poll, click here.

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