By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
-No. 4 Ashford (Iowa) (14-4-1) def. No. 13 Baker (Kan.) (15-5-2), 3-2 (2 OT) | Box Score
-No. 16 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (15-3-1) def. No. 1 Grand View (Iowa) (19-2-0), 5-0 | Box Score
-No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (15-3-2) def. Indiana Wesleyan (15-3-3), 2-1 | Box Score
-No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan (18-3-0) def. No. 14 Concordia (Calif.) (15-4-0), 2-1 (2 OT) | Box Score
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Schedule | Bracket) Three of the top-four seeds advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship, with two—Ashford (Iowa) and Oklahoma Wesleyan—winning on golden-goals in double-overtime. Second-round action will continue tomorrow at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala., beginning at 11:00 a.m.
In the first match of the second round, No. 4-seeded Ashford advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over No. 13 seed Baker (Kan.) in double-overtime. After Ashford jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Tim Krautheim in the 30th minute—and Daniel Dreier in the 67th—Baker responded with a flurry of substitutions and two goals of its own. Jordan Thacker found the back of the net for the Wildcats first goal in the 73rd minute and Austin Shiney scored the equalizer in the 84th. After 19 minutes of scoreless golden-goal action, Krautheim netted the game winner with 44 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, sending the Saints to their first national championship quarterfinals in program history.
In the day’s lone upset, and biggest blowout, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) downed top-seeded Grand View (Iowa), 5-0. The RedHawk victory extends the team’s win-streak to 10 games, the longest among the 12 remaining national championship squads, and snaps the Vikings 11-game run, which dated back to Oct. 5. Sean Dong led the way for the RedHawks, recording his third hat-trick of the season—including a beautiful one-touch volley goal off of a Jonathan Remond cross. Juan Madrigal, who scored the first goal of the contest in the 39th minute, and Michael Fulton also added goals for Martin Methodist. With the upset, the RedHawks advance to the quarterfinals, matching their performance from their prior national championship appearance in 2009.
No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) advanced to its third-straight national championship quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Indiana Wesleyan, the lone unseeded team to advance to Montgomery. Tom Moody sent an Albert Edward cross past Wildcat keeper Josh Goepper on a one-touch volley in the 32nd minute to open the scoring. Brilliant goaltending by Yuta Nomura, who had six saves in the match, preserved the Lindsey Wilson lead deep into the second half, until Sam Kane—who had not scored since Sept. 6—netted the equalizer for the Wildcats. Feeding on national championship experience—the Blue Raiders have competed in 21 all-time and 20-straight, while Indiana Wesleyan was competing in its first-ever—Lindsey Wilson battled back, with Lwandiso Gonya scoring the game-winner on a Yazeed Davids feed in the 88th minute. The Blue Raiders, who are the top-rated team remaining in the national championship field, are seeking their 10th all-time national title.
No. 3-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan earned its second all-time national championship victory with a 2-1 win over No. 14 seed Concordia (Calif.) in double-overtime. The game remained scoreless through the 67th minute, when Lucas Cordeiro found the back of the net for the Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan. Mario Soto put back a rebound in the 75th minute to knot the game at one, ultimately sending the match to two extra periods. In double-overtime, Shaddrick Kaphuka put one past Concordia keeper Jordan Brinkley to send Oklahoma Wesleyan to their first national championship quarterfinals in their first-ever trip to the final site.
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National Championship Final Site Day One Notes
-With two overtime matches today, nine contests have now required an extra period—with eight advancing to double-overtime—in this year’s National Championship.
-Ashford (Iowa) will make its first-ever national championship quarterfinal appearance after the Saints 3-2 double-overtime victory over Baker (Kan.).
-Grand View (Iowa) becomes the first No. 1 seed to fail to reach the quarterfinals since 2010, when Rio Grande fell, 2-1, to unseeded Bethel (Tenn.) in the second round.
-Martin Methodist is currently riding a 10-game win streak, the longest of any remaining national championship squad.
-Lindsey Wilson’s victory is its 50th all-time national championship win, which leads all NAIA programs.
-With Indiana Wesleyan’s loss to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), no unseeded team will advance to the national championship quarterfinals for the first time since the initiation of the Opening Round format in 2008.
-Oklahoma Wesleyan advances to its first-ever national championship quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Concordia (Calif.) in double-overtime.
-The two teams that were competing in their first-ever final-site national championship games, Indiana Wesleyan and Oklahoma Wesleyan, went 1-1-0 on the day. Missouri Valley will be competing in its first final-site contest tomorrow when the Vikings face off against No. 6-seeded Hastings (Neb.).