By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
Tourbeau's National Men's Soccer Game of the Week, presented by NSCAA and Admiral Soccer
No. 11 Concordia (Ore.) at No. 13 Hastings (Neb.)
Saturday, August 31, 5 p.m. CDT | Lloyd Wilson Field, Hastings, Neb.
• Two 2012 national championship tournament teams collide in an early-season contest when preseason No. 11 Concordia (Ore.) travels to No. 13 Hastings (Neb.) for a 5 p.m. CDT kickoff at Lloyd Wilson Field.
• Both Concordia (1-0-0) and Hastings (0-0-0) will be playing their first match of the 2013 season against an NAIA opponent. The Cavaliers blanked University College of the Fraser Valley (B.C.) on Monday.
• Concordia returns four of its top five scorers and all of its top five assist men from a year ago. Senior leadership will be the theme for the Cavaliers this year as Concordia builds around senior All-American forward Septi Danciu, who led the team in goals (19), assists (6) and points (44) last season. Danciu led the NAIA in game-winning goals (9) and ranked among the top 20 nationally in goals (14th) and points (17th).
• Other key seniors returning for Concordia include: forward Michael Chamberlain, who was second on the team in goals (8) and tied for first on the team in assists (6), midfielder Radcliffe McDougald who was fourth on the team in goals (4) and third on the team in assists (5), midfielder Gerrit Hamann who tallied four goals and four assists, and midfielder Patrick Allred who contributed one goal and four assists.
• Hastings returns four of its top five scorers and two of its top five assist men from an offense that ranked seventh in the NAIA in total goals (75), eighth in shots per game (20.91) and fifteenth in total assists (47) a year ago. Key returners for the Broncos include: Dru Kobs, who was second on the team in goals (7) and fourth on the team in assists (3), Thomas Boss, who contributed five goals and nine assists, and Jake Ramsay, who tallied five goals and two assists.
• Concordia went 16-4-2 last season, winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference with a 12-1-1 conference record, and Hastings went 16-7-0 last year, winning the Great Plains Athletic Conference by going 9-1-0 against conference opponents. Both teams were picked to repeat as conference champions in 2013.
• Both Concordia and Hastings struggled in non-conference play last year, going 4-3-1 and 7-6-0, respectively.
• Concordia lost just one true road game last season, falling 1-2 to conference foe Biola (Calif.). Hastings lost just one game at home last season—a 0-1 thriller to Ashford (Iowa).
• Looking forward, Hastings will host Great Falls (Mont.) on Sept. 2. That same afternoon, Concordia will face Doane (Neb.) at Hastings.
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This Week Around the Top 25
• Five preseason Top 25 teams, including two of the top five, have already suffered their first loss of 2013: No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), No. 5 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), No. 16 Jamestown (N.D.), No. 15 Ashford (Iowa) and No. 23 Kansas Wesleyan.
• (RV) Spring Arbor (Mich.) pulled off the biggest upset of this young season—toppling No. 3 Lindsey Wilson 2-1 in come-from-behind fashion on Aug. 22. The Blue Raiders went a combined 45-2 over the past two seasons. Their only losses came against then No. 2 Rio Grande in overtime on Sept. 29, 2012 and against eventual national champion Belhaven (Miss.) on Nov. 30, 2012, in the national championship semifinals.
• Last week, there were no Top 25 matchups and Top 25 teams went 9-4-0 against unranked opponents.
• This week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1 features 23 of the Top 25 teams in action, including six Top 25 matchups:
o Friday – No. 1 Belhaven (Miss.) vs. No. 3 Lindsey Wilson in the Capital City Classic
o Friday – No. 5 Auburn Montgomery vs. No. 15 Ashford (Iowa) in the Capital City Classic
o Saturday – No. 1 Belhaven vs. No. 15 Ashford in the Capital City Classic
o Saturday – No. 3 Lindsey Wilson vs. No. 5 Auburn Montgomery in the Capital City Classic
o Saturday – No. 11 Concordia (Ore.) at No. 13 Hastings (Neb.)
o Sunday – No. 23 Kansas Wesleyan at No. 12 Columbia (Mo.)
• This week also features six games that pit Top 25 teams against teams who received votes in the preseason poll:
o Friday – No. 8 Southern Poly vs. (RV) Tennessee Wesleyan in the Union Tournament
o Friday – (RV) Indiana Wesleyan at No. 9 Rio Grande (Ohio)
o Saturday – No. 16 Jamestown at (RV) Grand View (Iowa)
o Saturday – No. 22 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) at (RV) Evergreen (Wash.)
o Sunday – No. 10 Science & Arts (Okla.) at (RV) Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
o Sunday – (RV) Oklahoma City at Benedictine (Kan.)
• For the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record*
• Jimmy Hampton of Science and Arts (Okla.), Ron Pulvers of Cal State San Marcos, Wulf Koch of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) and Tom Maxon of Morningside (Iowa) all sit within striking distance of the 200 career win plateau this season. Hampton is the closest of the quartet with 195 career victories heading into the Drovers season opener Friday against Houston-Victoria (Texas).
• Warner Pacific (Ore.) head coach Bernie Fagan and Hastings (Neb.) head coach Chris Kranjc could each move into the Top 25 on the Men’s Soccer Coaches All-Time Wins list this year. Fagan, with 253 career victories, is just six wins away from Dwain Hartzler’s career mark of 259 wins. Hartzler is currently ranked No. 25 on the all-time wins list. Kranjc, with 246 career victories, has a bit further to climb. Both Fagan (10th) and Kranjc (11th) are among the Top 25 on the Men’s Soccer Coaches Active Wins list.
• Jason Walcutt of Saint Francis (Ind.), Daniel Rodrigues of Marian (Ind.), Frederico DeAramburu of Point (Ga.), Ricardo Zambonino of Bethel (Ind.) and David Preciado of Brewton-Parker (Ga.) share the early season lead for goals with four apiece.
• Amadou Cisse of Madonna (Mich.), Victor Parreiras of Texas at Brownsville, Bruno Moraes of AIB (Iowa), Iris Mesic of Michigan-Dearborn and Frederico DeAramburu of Point are the nation’s leading assist men with three each.
• With four goals and three assists Frederico DeAramburu of Point sits alone atop the national points leaderboard with 11.
• Seventeen goaltenders enter Thursday with a 0.00 goals against average. Justin Webb leads the nation with 29 saves in 3 games for Simpson (Calif.)
• Among teams who have played at least one regular season game, fifty-four remain unbeaten.
• Marian (Ind.) leads all teams with 13 goals and 10 assists in two matches this season. Ten different players have scored for the Knights.
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
• The 55th annual National Championship will take place in Montgomery, Ala. This is the fourth-straight year the championship will be held in the state of Alabama with the 2010-11 events being held in Orange Beach, Ala., and the 2012 championship also taking place in Montgomery, Ala. The 2013 championship will be contested from Dec. 2-7 at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex, with opening round games taking place on Nov. 23 at on-campus sites.
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Men's Soccer – Click here.
NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Information – Click here.
NAIA Men’s Soccer Regular Season Records – Click here.
NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Records – Click here.