National Championship Second Round Day Two Recap
November 29, 2011
Box Score - Bethel (Tenn.) vs. Southern Poly (Ga.)
Box Score - Grand View (Iowa) vs. Great Falls (Mont.)
Box Score - Rio Grande (Ohio) vs. Belhaven (Miss.)
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The Quarterfinal round is set as four more teams qualified today at the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. Three of the four matches today were decided by one goal, including an overtime thriller at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Science & Arts (Okla.) becomes the sole unseeded team to qualify in the round-of-eight action.
Science & Arts advances to its second-straight Quarterfinal after a 2-1 win against No. 8 Azusa Pacific (Calif.). Dusan Rasovic and Scott Parkinson each found the net in the first half to stake the Drovers to a 2-0 lead. Jeremy Bishop scored in the 88th minute for the Cougars, but Science & Arts held on for the win.
After giving up an early goal, the No. 10 Southern Poly (Ga.) defense was superb as the Hornets came back for a 2-1 win over No. 7 Bethel (Tenn.). Mario Vila Boa handed Bethel a 1-0 edge after 12 minutes, but that was all for the Wildcats offense on the day. Marcos Mendez posted the game-winner in the 39th minute. The Hornets are headed to their first-ever Quarterfinal in their third National Championship trip.
No. 6 Grand View (Iowa) netted the most goals in Orange Beach with a 5-2 victory against Great Falls (Mont.). Ranked 12th in the NAIA in scoring per contest, the Vikings piled up four goals in the first 31 minutes. George Hunt scored two markers and Luis Heitor-Piffer posted a goal and an assist. Grand View punches its ticket to its second-ever Quarterfinal.
In an evenly-matched defensive battle, No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio) forward Richard Isberner slipped one past No. 12 Belhaven (Miss.) goalkeeper Greg Hartley in the 95th minute. The score remained scoreless through regulation as both defenses limited the opposing offenses to four shots on goal. The RedStorm advance to their third Quarterfinal in the last four years.