Northwest Nazarene (15-7, 12-2 GNAC), which has won 10 straight matches, was eighth in the Division II West Region poll released Wednesday.
The top eight teams in the Nov. 23 ranking advance to the NCAA Tournament. NNU won the GNAC last season, was No. 1 in the West Region and hosted the regional portion of the tournament, where it lost in the first round.
Western Washington leads this year’s initial poll, followed by Alaska Anchorage, Central Washington, Cal State San Bernardino, Sonoma State, UC San Diego, California Baptist and NNU.
The Crusaders have six matches left, the last four at home.
IDAHO SOCCER: Derek Pittman was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year after leading the Vandals (13-4-2, 9-0-1) to their first unbeaten conference record in a season.