By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
No. 14 Benedictine (Kan.) (11-2-2) at No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (11-1-5)
Saturday, Oct. 27, Olathe, Kan., 3:30 p.m. CDT, Pioneer Field
• No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) hosts No. 14 Benedictine (Kan.) on Saturday in the final regular-season matchup for both schools.
• The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) regular-season championship is a three-team race and both Benedictine and MidAmerica Nazarene are in the thick of it. With a 5-1 HAAC record, Benedictine leads the Pioneers and No. 11 Missouri Valley by .5 game in the standings. If Benedictine wins on Saturday, they will take home their first title since 2009 and fourth overall. If MidAmerica Nazarene wins, it will be interested in the final regular season game on Oct. 30 between Missouri Valley and Baker (Kan.).
• While Benedictine is searching for its fourth overall league title, MidAmerica Nazarene is looking for its first HAAC regular-season championship since 2008 and second overall.
• MidAmerica Nazarene has not lost a home contest since Oct. 12, 2011 - a stretch of nine matches. The Pioneers are 7-0-2 during that span. In addition to the success, the defense has never allowed more than one goal in any of those nine contests.
• When playing true road games this year, the Ravens are 5-1-0. The only blemish was a 3-1 setback on Oct. 15 at Missouri Valley.
• The last five meetings in the series have been competitive. Benedictine is 3-2 in that stretch winning a 1-0 showdown last year. The Pioneers have won the last two home meetings by identical 1-0 scores.
• In last year's 1-0 Raven double overtime win on Oct. 29 in Atchison, Kan., Troy McKerrell notched the game-winner in the 106th minute. There were only a combined eight shots on goal between the two teams.
• The Pioneers are led by senior forward Trent Remmich. The team leader in goals with 11, Remmich notched his latest goal in a 4-1 win against Avila (Mo.) on Wednesday. That marker brought his career goal total to 55 and a new school record. He also needs one more point to take over the new school record for points with 122.Chris Ericksson leads the defensive efforts in goal with a 10-1-4 record, 53 saves and a 0.750 goals against average.
• For Benedictine, the team has nine shutouts to its credit, which ranks third in the country. However, the last three matches have produced eight opponent goals. Goalkeeper Taylor Vinnage anchors the backline with a 0.900 goals against average, 31 saves and a 11-2-2 record. Offensively, Joe Sbarro has put home 15 goals for 30 points.
• For live stats produced by MidAmerica Nazarene, click here. For live video produced by Benedictine, click here.
This Week Around the Top 25
• In addition to the NAIA Game of the Week, the week of Oct. 22 - 28 features three Top 25 matchups, including:
o Tuesday - No. 20 Bethel (Tenn.) def. No. 19 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 2-0
o Wednesday - No. 15 Belhaven (Miss.) def. No. 5 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 2-0
o Saturday - No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at No. 20 Bethel (Tenn.)
• Through Wednesday games, the Top 25 is 14-4-1 this week. In two of the losses, a ranked team defeated another Top 25 foe.
• No. 11 Missouri Valley and No. 23 Milligan (Tenn.) each fell at the hands of NCAA Division II programs this week.
• In an important week for No. 20 Bethel (Tenn.), the Wildcats took down No. 19 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 2-0 on Tuesday. They will try to use that win as momentum heading into a showdown with second-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Saturday.
• No. 15 Belhaven (Miss.) stayed in stride with the Southern States Athletic Conference leaders with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Tuesday. With the victory, the Blazers pushed themselves in a three-way tie with Auburn Montgomery and No. 13 Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) for second place. No. 9 Mobile (Ala.) holds the first-place position with a 8-2 league mark.
• There are three programs in NAIA men's soccer still undefeated: Oklahoma Wesleyan (16-0-1), Columbia (Mo.) (13-0-4) and Science & Arts (Okla.) (13-0-2).
• No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio) is the owner of the longest active win streak in men's soccer with 13-straight victories. The RedStorm suffered a season-opening loss on Aug. 24 prior to the streak. The RedStorm wrap up the regular season at Bryan (Tenn.) on Saturday.
• Looking back at last week's Top 25 matchup results:
o Oct. 15 - No. 13 Missouri Valley def. No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.), 3-1
o Oct. 16 - No. 22 Ashford (Iowa) def. No. 19 Hastings (Neb.), 1-0
o Oct. 20 - No. 18 Mobile (Ala.) def. No. 6 Belhaven (Miss.), 3-1
• The second official NAIA Men's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) was announced on Wednesday. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) claimed its first-ever No. 1 MRPI ranking. The final MRPI will be announced on Nov. 11.
• For the current, NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record*
• Through Oct. 24 games, there are 60 schools with 10 or more wins, with five of those teams hitting at least 14 victories. Three schools have yet to lose a game: Oklahoma Wesleyan, Science & Arts (Okla.) and Columbia (Mo.).
• Oklahoma Wesleyan boasts the most wins in the NAIA with 16 - the Eagles are 16-0-1 overall.
• Overall, eight programs have one loss or fewer. At this point last week, there were 10 teams.
• Three clubs are searching for win No. 1 on the season.
• Three new institutions have kicked-off their inaugural seasons in the NAIA: Georgia Gwinnett, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) and St. Andrews (N.C.). Georgia Gwinnett (12-2-1) was the first of the trio to complete a contest as the Grizzlies posted a 12-0 shutout against Tennessee Temple on Aug. 25. The Lynx dropped their first contest, 1-0, against NCAA Division III member Webster (Mo.) on Sept. 1 - Lindenwood-Belleville is 7-6-0 thus far. In its first game on Aug. 28, St. Andrews (6-8-1) lost 7-2 at Milligan (Tenn.).
• Judson (Ill.) head coach Steve Burke became the 11th coach in men's college soccer history (NCAA or NAIA) to reach the 500-win milestone. He hit the mark on Sept. 1 in the 2-1 victory over Taylor (Ind.). He boasts the most wins among NAIA men's soccer coaches with a 505-158-39 record in 29 seasons (through games played on Oct. 24). The native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., has guaranteed his 28th-straight season of holding a winning record. Currently, Judson is 8-6-3 with one more game on the regular-season slate scheduled on Saturday.
• Joel Veal of Aquinas (Mich.) picked up his 200th career coaching win on Aug. 28 against Ohio Midwestern. He stands 17th on the active NAIA wins chart.
• Since 2009 (through games played on Oct. 24), Hastings has won more contests than any other NAIA program - 76. During its current 91-match stretch, the Broncos have lost only 12 contests and tied three others for a 76-12-3 mark. Rio Grande is second in wins since 2009 with 73, with Lindsey Wilson close behind with 72, followed by Science & Arts (Okla.) with 65 and Grand View (Iowa) with 58 wins.
• Earlier this year, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) saw its 33-game overall win streak end against Rio Grande (Ohio). That mark goes down as the second-longest all-time NAIA span in men's soccer. Hastings (Neb.) holds the record with a 39-gamer, which occurred from 2010-11.
• Since 2005, there have been nine instances of a team recording a 20-match winning streak or better. In those examples, seven teams have put their name on that list.
*According to DakStats and team submission of statistics.
• Oklahoma Wesleyan leads the nation in goals scored per game (4.5) and overall goals scored (77). Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) posted a season-high 16 goals against Eureka (Ill.) on Sept. 8. The Trojans also hold the national lead with 68 total assists (4.00 per match).
• James Anderson of Brescia (Ky.) holds the goal lead on the year with 25 in 13 matches (1.92 average). He eclipsed the four-goal total in three of his matches with a season-high of seven against Kentucky Christian (Sept. 5). Overall, 17 individuals have found the back of the net at least 15 times.
• The season-high assists total of 22 is held by Oklahoma Wesleyan's Lucas Cordeiro. There are 12 players to post at least 10 assists on the year.
• Bryan Byars of Science & Arts (Okla.) leads the NAIA in goals against average (0.41). He has played in 14 matches with six goals allowed and 10 shutouts to his credit.
• Senior Richard Isberner of Rio Grande (Ohio) is the nation's leading goal returner from 2011. He was second on the goal charts last year with 29. He will try to add to his three-year career totals of 66 goals, 47 assists and 179 points (stats heading into 2012). He has a shot at the cracking the NAIA top 10 career charts for goals (101) and points (231). Through 11 matches played this year (he has been sidelined with leg injuries in two others), Isberner has 13 goals and eight assists (34 points).
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
*According to DakStats and team submission of statistics.
• The 54th annual national championship will take place at a different venue - Montgomery, Ala. This is the third-straight year in the state of Alabama with the 2010-11 events being held in Orange Beach, Ala. The 2012 championship will be contested from Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex.
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Men's Soccer - Click HERE
NAIA Men's Soccer Winningest Coaches - Click HERE
|National Championship Superlatives|
|Most Wins in Championship Appearances|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||45-10-4|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||40-18-4|
|West Virginia Wesleyan*||24-5-4|
|Davis & Elkins (W.Va.)*||22-11-0|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||19-8-2|
|Most All-Time Championship Appearances|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||23||40-18-4||2010|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||19||45-10-4||2011|
|Midwestern State (Texas)*||17||17-21-5||1996|
|Davis & Wlkins (W.Va.)*||11||22-11-0||1980|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||11||19-8-2||2011|
|West Virginia Wesleyan*||10||24-5-4||1994|
|Longest Championship Appearance Active Streak|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||1994-2011||18|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||2001-11||11|
|Texas at Brownsville||2008-11||4|
|Programs with Most Championship Titles|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||9|
|West Virginia Wesleyan*||5|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||3|
|Davis & Elkins (W.Va.)*||2|
|Trenton State (N.J.)*||2|
|* Institution no longer an NAIA member|
|Coaches’ Polls Superlatives|
|Active Top 25 Streaks|
|(as of Oct. 23 poll; since 2000 season)|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||66|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||59|
|Southern Poly (Ga.)||24|
|Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||18|
|Science & Arts (Okla.)||17|
|Total No. 1 rankings|
|(as of Oct. 23 poll; since 2000 season)|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||41|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||39|
|Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||9|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||6|
|Azusa Pacific (Calif.)*||5|
|William Jewell (Mo.)*||2|
|The following schools have one No. 1 ranking: Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Graceland (Iowa), Illinois-Springfield*, The Master’s (Calif.), Westmont (Calif.)|