By Donnie Smith, NAIA Media Coordinator
DELRAY BEACH, Fla.— The quarterfinal field was finalized for the 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship during the second day of play at Hilltopper Stadium. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Keiser University (Fla.) serve as co-hosts for the second-straight year.
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Rio Grande kept its bid alive to win a second-straight national championship.
Corban kept the game scoreless in the first half with a solid defensive effort, but the RedStorm (20-1-1) got a penalty kick goal from Jeremy De Hoog three minutes into the second half to start the scoring and give Rio Grande a 3-1 win. Two goals in a four-minute span by senior Pau Delgado Rodriguez put the game out of reach with 20:51 left in the contest.
The Warriors got their lone goal from junior Timur Zhivdze, his 22nd of the season in the 80th minute.
With the win, Rio Grande improved to 30-11-2 all-time in the national tournament, and has now won seven-straight in the tournament.
The Red Storm will meet Union (Ky.), which earned its first final site victory with a 3-0 decision over Spring Arbor. Two second half goals in just over two minutes of play help secure the win. The Cougars were held to three shots on goal during the match.
No. 14 seed William Carey (Miss.) provided the biggest upset of the day in the third game of the day.
Chance Bourdene’s 10th goal of the season in the third minute of the game gave William Carey a 1-0 lead. Oklahoma Wesleyan answered with a tally in the 20th minute to tie the contest. The Crusaders’ goal was their lone shot in the first half.
Oklahoma Wesleyan had an opportunity to win it in regulation, but WCU keeper Grant Adam was able to make one of his five saves on a shot just outside the six-yard box. Adam was also equal to the task on a close-range shot with 3:00 left in the first overtime. The Eagles outshot William Carey 29-3.
Adam made two saves in the shootout, including one on the 10th shooter to advance the Crusaders to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.
William Carey will face Davenport (Mich.) tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Eastern in the final quarterfinal matchup.
TJ Ifaturoti scored in the 40th minute to give Davenport a 1-0 lead over Midland (Neb.). Brogan Shrimpton’s third goal of the tournament in the 57th minute secured the victory.
Davenport keeper Aaron Orban made one save to secure his seventh shutout of the season.
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Second Round Notes:
-Grand View remains the only unseeded team remaining.
-Four of the eight games were decided by two or more goals.
-Two games went to penalty kicks.
-The eight remaining teams have combined for 20 previous quarterfinal appearances.
11 a.m. No. 1 Hastings (21-0-1) vs. No. 8 West Virginia Tech (18-2-2)
1:30 p.m. No. 4 Northwestern Ohio (19-1-3) vs. Grand View (15-6-2)
4 p.m. No. 2 Rio Grande (20-1-1) vs. No. 7 Union (19-2-2)
6:30 p.m. No. 6 Davenport (19-2-2) vs. No. 14 William Carey (16-2-2)