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Local College Programs Begin Season in National Spotlight

The men's and women's soccer programs of NE Portland's Concordia University are once again beginning their seasons with national attention.

The Cavaliers women's program, last year's NAIA Championship Runner-Up begins the season ranked 2nd in the nation behind Lee University of Cleveland, Tennessee, the four-time defending National Champions. Concordia, winner of the last 12 Cascade Collegiate Conference titles is once again the unanimous pick to win the conference crown.

The Cavaliers men's program comes in ranked 16th in the nation, comes in looking to improve on their disappointing exit in 2011 NAIA Championship in the first round. Winners of 11 of the past 13 Cascade Collegiate Conference titles, Concordia was once again a unanimous pick to win their third in a row.

2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll - (Aug. 14)

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Lee (Tenn.) (20) 23-2-0 560
2 2 Concordia (Ore.) 19-5-1 542
3 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 19-1-2 524
4 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 18-3-1 505
5 5 Mobile (Ala.) 19-4-1 480
6 6 Baker (Kan.) 15-3-2 465
7 NR Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 14-2-2 429
8 7 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 17-3-2 425
9 NR Westmont (Calif.) 13-6-1 418
10 8 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 19-3-1 409
11 10 Oklahoma City 17-3-2 386
12 9 Hastings (Neb.) 19-3-1 375
13 11 Cal State San Marcos 15-4-1 342
14 13 Judson (Ill.) 16-3-2 313
15 14 Northwood (Fla.) 15-3-1 299
T16 15 Trinity Christian (Ill.) 16-4-2 277
T16 16 Graceland (Iowa) 10-7-4 277
18 NR Concordia (Calif.) 13-5-2 273
19 17 Robert Morris (Ill.) 14-5-2 232
20 18 Bellevue (Neb.) 14-2-3 213
21 19 Texas at Brownsville 17-3-1 187
22 19 Westminster (Utah) 12-7-2 186
23 22 Kansas Wesleyan 16-2-2 143
24 21 Science & Arts (Okla.) 15-6-0 126
25 23 Carroll (Mont.) 12-4-2 101

Others receiving votes: Siena Heights (Mich.) 90; Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 85; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 78; William Carey (Miss.) 46; Southern Oregon 31; Ottawa (Kan.) 19; Grand View (Iowa) 15; Biola (Calif.) 11; Northwest (Wash.) 10; Reinhardt (Ga.) 9; Brenau (Ga.) 7; Ashford (Iowa) 7; Oklahoma Wesleyan 4; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 3; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 3; St. Thomas (Fla.) 3; Aquinas (Mich.) 3.

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2012 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll - (Aug. 14)

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS

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


Others receiving votes: Mount Mercy (Iowa) 100; Vanguard (Calif.) 83; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 52; Ashford (Iowa) 51; Texas at Brownsville 50; Menlo (Calif.) 38; The Master's (Calif.) 34; Thomas (Ga.) 24; Tennessee Wesleyan 20; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 15; Cumberlands (Ky.) 14; Robert Morris (Ill.) 7; McPherson (Kan.) 4; Oklahoma Baptist 3.

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