NAIA Menís Soccer Quarterfinals Recap
By Donnie Smith, NAIA Media Coordinator
DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—(Bracket) Four one-goal games decided the semifinalists for the 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Keiser University (Fla.) serve as co-hosts for the third-straight year.
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Adam Knight’s shot from the left flank went through the hands of Hunter Moles and into the back of the net with 3:30 left in the first overtime period to send No. 1 seed Hastings (Neb.) on to the semifinals for the fifth time in program history with a 2-1 win over WVU Tech.
WVUT got on the board first in the 31st minute on Francisco Neto’s 13th goal of the season. A penalty kick goal by Daniel Whitehall, his 34th of the season, knotted the game at one in the 50th minute.
Moles ensured overtime with 6:18 left in regulation, making a sliding save on a shot by Lucas Venegas, who slid past the Golden Bears’ defense, and was one-on-one with the keeper.
The Broncos will take on Grand View (Iowa), which knocked off a seeded team for a third straight match.
Grand View advanced on a ball that was sent into the box and deflected into the net by a Northwestern Ohio player to give the Vikings a 1-0 victory. The Racers were the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Previously, Grand View defeated the No. 12 seed Campbellsville, and No. 5 seed Keiser.
This will be Grand View’s first semifinal appearance.
Jeremy de Hoog scored in the 82nd minute from 25 yards out to send Rio Grande (Ohio) to the semifinal round for the sixth time in program history with a 1-0 win over Union (Ky.). The RedStorm controlled possession, totaling five shots on goal to Union’s one, despite going a man down in the 55th minute due to a red card.
Davenport (Mich.) earned its second semifinal trip in the last three years with a thrilling 3-2 double overtime win over William Carey (Miss.).
In the 103rd minute, TJ Ifaturoti scored from the left wing to give the Panthers the golden goal.
William Carey executed a corner kick to score with 28 seconds left to tie the match. James Cooper found the back of the net from the left side on a pass from Joaquin Ruiz Cabello and Paul Bracken to tie the match at two and force overtime.
The Crusaders also scored in the final seconds of the first half. Bracken tied the game with 35 seconds remaining in the half, scoring his seventh goal of the season on a shot from the far wing and just inside the near post.
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Semifinals (Dec. 2)
4 p.m. EST No. 1 Hastings (22-0-1) vs. Grand View (16-6-2)
6:30 p.m. EST No. 2 Rio Grande (21-1-1) vs. Davenport (20-2-2)