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Men's Soccer Weekly Report - No. 11

Christian Ramirez - Concordia (Calif.)
November 01, 2012
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By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

This Week Around the NAIA
• Teams are beginning postseason action this week at their respective conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournaments. Track all the scores, stats and champions here. These events will help determine the 32 qualifiers for the 2012 NAIA National Championship.
• The first conference to begin its tournament was the Crossroads League on Oct. 27. Three of the top four seeds advanced out of quarterfinal action. The upset of the tournament came when No. 6 Taylor (Ind.) wiped out No. 3 Grace (Ind.), 5-0.
• The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) tournament has the latest start date as eight teams will face off from Nov. 9 - 10. Additionally, the champions of the TranSouth Athletic Conference and Frontier Conference will meet on Nov. 10 to determine the automatic berth from that Unaffiliated Group.
• Three undefeated teams attempt to stay that way in their postseason play. Columbia (13-0-5) has a bye in the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament and will play the winner of Benedictine - Springfield (Ill.) against Lyon (Ark.) on Nov. 6. Oklahoma Wesleyan (17-0-1) tangles with Waldorf (Iowa) on Friday in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinal round. Science & Arts (Okla.) (13-0-3) faces Oklahoma City in the opening round of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday.
• No. 6 Oklahoma Wesleyan also holds the longest active NAIA win streak. The Eagles, who take a 13-gamer into the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament first round on Friday, has one tie to its record which occurred on Sept. 8.
• The Southern States Athletic Conference, who has led all leagues each week with the most ranked squads, sends five Top 25 teams to its conference tournament. In the first round on Saturday, No. 15 Belhaven (Miss.) faces No. 17 Southern Poly (Ga.). That matchup is the only Top 25 battle among all conference tournament first rounds.
• Three programs enter their respective conference tournaments with the security of knowing they have already earned a berth to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Nov. 17. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), out of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Mobile (Ala.), out of the Southern States Athletic Conference, and Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), out of the Red River Athletic Conference are automatic qualifiers. These teams won their respective regular season championships and, because their conferences have 12-or-more members, that conference is awarded two automatic bids to the national championship.
• No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) enters the Mid-South Conference (MSC) tournament as the No. 2 seed - the Blue Raiders finished the regular season one game behind regular-season champions and No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio). Lindsey Wilson hosts St. Catharine (Ky.) on Saturday in the tournament opening round. The defending national champs are attempting to win their 12th MSC tournament title in the last 13 years (Rio Grande won in 2010).
• Looking back at last week's Top 25 matchup results:
o Oct. 23 - No. 20 Bethel (Tenn.) def. No. 19 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 2-0
o Oct. 24 - No. 15 Belhaven (Miss.) def. No. 5 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 2-0
o Oct. 27 - No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. No. 20 Bethel (Tenn.), 3-1
o Oct. 27 (Game of Week) - No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) tied No. 14 Benedictine (Kan.), 1-1
• The third and final NAIA Men's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) will be announced on Nov. 11. The MRPI selects the at-large berths to the National Championship Opening Round and seeds the tournament.
• For the current, NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.

Looking Ahead...
• The 32-team field for the National Championship Opening Round will be officially announced on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. CST on
• The pairings for the opening round will be officially announced on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. CST on
• The 32 qualifiers are comprised of 24 automatic berths from 21 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. Any conference/unaffiliated group with 12 or more eligible members will receive two automatic berths. The rest of the field (eight) is made up of at-large berths determined using the final Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) on Nov. 11.
• 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.
• Last year, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) picked up its ninth all-time national championship after a 3-2 overtime win over Hastings (Neb.). The nine titles are the second most won, trailing only the 11 done by former member Quincy (Ill.).
• For more information about the championship, click here. For the tournament bracket, click here.

For the Record*
• Through Oct. 31 games, there are four schools with 15 or more wins. Seven programs have one loss or fewer on their record.
• Oklahoma Wesleyan and West Virginia Tech stand with the most wins in the NAIA with 17.
• Three clubs ended their regular season with zero wins.
• Three new institutions have kicked-off their inaugural seasons in the NAIA: Georgia Gwinnett, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) and St. Andrews (N.C.). Georgia Gwinnett (13-2-2) 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 7-7-0. In its first game on Aug. 28, St. Andrews (7-8-1) 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 505-159-39 record in 29 seasons (through games played on Oct. 31). 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. 31), Hastings has won more contests than any other NAIA program - 77. During its current 92-match stretch, the Broncos have lost only 12 contests and tied three others for a 77-12-3 mark. Lindsey Wilson is second in wins since 2009 with 74, with Rio Grande closely behind with 73, followed by Science & Arts (Okla.) with 66 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.

National Statistics*
• Oklahoma Wesleyan leads the nation in goals scored per game (4.4) and overall goals scored (79). The Eagles also hold the national high in overall assists (74) and average (4.1). Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) posted a season-high 16 goals against Eureka (Ill.) on Sept. 8.
• James Anderson of Brescia (Ky.) holds the goal lead on the year with 25 in 14 matches (1.79 average). He eclipsed the four-goal total in three of his matches with a season-high of seven against Kentucky Christian (Sept. 5). Overall, 25 individuals have found the back of the net at least 15 times.
• The season-high assists total of 23 is held by Oklahoma Wesleyan's Lucas Cordeiro. There are 22 players to post at least 10 assists on the year.
• Bryan Byars of Science & Arts (Okla.) leads the NAIA in goals against average (0.48). He has played in 16 matches with eight 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 13 matches played this year (he has been sidelined with leg injuries in two others), Isberner has 18 goals and eight assists (44 points).
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.

Looking Ahead
• 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 Opening Round Information - Click HERE
NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Records - Click HERE

National Championship Superlatives
Most Wins in Championship Appearances
School Record
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 45-10-4
Quincy (Ill.)* 41-5-0
Simon Fraser (B.C.)* 40-18-4
Rockhurst (Mo.)* 29-22-3
Illinois-Springfield* 27-18-8
West Virginia Wesleyan* 24-5-4
Lynn (Fla.)* 23-7-4
Davis & Elkins (W.Va.)* 22-11-0
Mobile (Ala.) 21-14-2
Rio Grande (Ohio) 19-8-2
Most All-Time Championship Appearances
School No. Record Last Time
Simon Fraser (B.C.)* 23 40-18-4 2010
Illinois-Springfield* 20 27-18-8 2002
Rockhurst (Mo.)* 20 29-22-3 1997
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 19 45-10-4 2011
Midwestern State (Texas)* 17 17-21-5 1996
Quincy (Ill.)* 16 41-5-0 1982
Westmont (Calif.) 16 16-22-2 2008
Mobile (Ala.) 15 21-14-2 2011
Davis & Wlkins (W.Va.)* 11 22-11-0 1980
Rio Grande (Ohio) 11 19-8-2 2011
Lynn (Fla.)* 10 23-7-4 1995
West Virginia Wesleyan* 10 24-5-4 1994
Longest Championship Appearance Active Streak
School Years No.
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 1994-2011 18
Rio Grande (Ohio) 2001-11 11
Mobile (Ala.) 2007-11 5
Bethel (Tenn.) 2008-11 4
Hastings (Neb.) 2008-11 4
Texas at Brownsville 2008-11 4
Programs with Most Championship Titles
School No.
Quincy (Ill.)* 11
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9
West Virginia Wesleyan* 5
Illinois-Springfield* 3
Simon Fraser (B.C.)* 3
Davis & Elkins (W.Va.)* 2
Lynn (Fla.)* 2
Trenton State (N.J.)* 2
* Institution no longer an NAIA member
Coaches’ Polls Superlatives
Active Top 25 Streaks
(as of Oct. 30 poll; since 2000 season)
School No.
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 67
Rio Grande (Ohio) 60
Belhaven (Miss.) 33
Mobile (Ala.) 32
Missouri Valley 27
Southern Poly (Ga.) 25
Columbia (Mo.) 24
Concordia (Calif.) 20
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 19
Science & Arts (Okla.) 18
Total No. 1 rankings
(as of Oct. 30 poll; since 2000 season)
School No.
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 42
Rio Grande (Ohio) 39
Bethel (Tenn.) 11
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 9
Hastings (Neb.) 8
Simon Fraser (B.C.)* 6
Azusa Pacific (Calif.)* 5
Concordia (Calif.) 5
Lindenwood (Mo.)* 2
Mobile (Ala.) 2
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.)


Championship Information

NAIA Men's Soccer Championship
Sport Rules - Soccer (M)