September 12, 2013
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Tourbeau's National Men's Soccer Game of the Week, presented by NSCAA and Admiral Soccer
(RV) Bethel (Tenn.) (3-0-0) at No. 18 Science & Arts (Okla.) (2-2-0)
Sunday, September 15, 2 p.m. CDT | Drover Pitch, Chickasha, Okla.
• Undefeated Southern States Athletic Conference member (RV) Bethel (Tenn.) will travel to Chickasha, Okla., to face off against No. 18 Science & Arts (Okla.), a 2012 national championship tournament team.
• When the teams last played, in a regular season match on Sept. 17, 2011, Bethel came away with a 3-2 road victory on an 87th minute goal by Guilherme Karaoglan.
• Bethel has beaten one ranked team this season, then-No.23 Kansas Wesleyan, and one team who has received votes in both coaches’ polls, Lyon (Ark.). Despite their losses to Bethel, Kansas Wesleyan—now No. 19—and Lyon, who received votes in the latest coaches’ poll, remain among the top teams in the NAIA.
• Science & Arts is 2-2-0 on the season, having lost to Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and Texas at Brownsville, who both received votes in the most recent coaches’ poll.
• This season, Bethel is trying to make it back to the national championship tournament, having missed the field in 2012 after making the tournament for four-consecutive years (2008-11). Science & Arts is attempting to extend its streak of four-straight national championship tournament berths.
• Bethel returns five of its top six offensive producers from last year’s squad that ranked 24th in the NAIA in goals per game (2.77). Key returners for the Wildcats include Antonio Pereira, who tied for the team lead in goals (7) and assists (4) and led the team in points (18), Mohammed Dumbaya, who tied for the team lead in goals (7), Vinicuis Kerchner, who contributed four goals and two assists, and Errol Reid, who tallied three goals and two assists. Despite starting eight games and spending 870 minutes in goal, Christopher Baker was also a key contributor to Bethel’s offensive attack a year ago—ranking third on the team in goals (4) and fifth on the team in points (8).
• Science & Arts returns the entire core of its 2012 team, including its top five scorers, top five assist men and all of its double-digit point getters. Key returners for the Drovers include: Perry Sansford, who led the team in goals (15) and points (33), Niall Burley, who led the team in assists (8), Stephen Owusu, who was second on the team in goals (12) and points (26), Nicholas Alberto, who ranked third on the team in goals (8), assists (4) and points (20), Luka Rasovic, who contributed two goals and six assists for a total of 10 points, and Kalokwera Okot, who tallied three goals and four assists for a total of 10 points.
• The Drovers also return two NAIA All-Americans in senior defender Scott Parkinson (1st team) and senior forward Perry Sansford (3rd team).
• Despite the returning offensive firepower for both squads, the key matchup in this game could be between veteran goaltenders Christopher Baker and Bryan Byars. Baker recorded three shutouts for Bethel last season and allowed just 1.03 goals per game, good for 30th in the NAIA. Byars tallied 11 shutouts for Science & Arts last year and led the NAIA, allowing just .55 goals per game.
• Mohammed Dumbuya of Bethel currently ranks among the top 25 nationally in game winning goals per game (5th, .67), total game winning goals (6th, 2) and shots on goal per game (20th, 3). Liam Madden of Science & Arts ranks among the NAIA leaders in assists per game (9th, 1) and total assists (10th, 4).
• Bethel went 9-3-1 last season, finishing tied for first in its unaffiliated grouping with a 5-1-0 in-group record. The 2013 season is Bethel’s first in the competitive Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). Last season, the SSAC produced four national championship tournament teams—including both national championship finalists in Belhaven (Miss.) and Mobile (Ala.).
• Science & Arts went 14-1-4 last season, winning the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 7-0-1 mark against conference opponents. The Drovers were unanimously selected to repeat as conference champions in 2013, earning the maximum 100 points in the preseason conference coaches’ poll.
• Bethel struggled against non-conference opponents last season, going 4-2-1, but found success on the road with a 5-1-1 record. Science & Arts went undefeated at home last year, with a 9-0-2 record, but recorded three of its four ties and its lone loss in non-conference games.
• Prior to Sunday’s matchup, Science & Arts will host McPherson (Kan.) (2-2-0) at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday.
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This Week Around the Top 25
• There are four newcomers to the Top 25 this week: No. 12 Biola (Calif.), No, 13 Grand View (Iowa), No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 24 SCAD Savannah (Ga.). St. Thomas (Fla.), Jamestown (N.D.), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) fell out of the Top 25.
• Last week, there were three Top 25 matchups and six games against opponents who received votes in the preseason poll. Top 25 teams went 2-3-1 against opponents who received votes and 24-4-2 against unranked opponents.
• This week of Sept. 9-15 features 24 of the Top 25 teams in action, including three Top 25 matchups:
o Tuesday – No. 17 Missouri Valley def. No. 15 Columbia (Mo.), 1-0
o Wednesday – No. 14 Oklahoma Wesleyan def. No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 1-0
o Sunday – No. 4 Hastings (Neb.) at No. 7 Ashford (Iowa)
• This week also features ten games that pit Top 25 teams against teams who received votes in the first regular-season coaches’ poll:
o Wednesday– No. 7 Ashford (Iowa) def. (RV) Olivet Nazarene, 3-1
o Wednesday – (RV) Georgia Gwinnett def. No. 16 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 1-0
o Friday – No. 1 Mobile vs. (RV) Texas at Brownsville
o Friday – (RV) Northwood (Fla.) at No. 3 Southern Poly (Ga.)
o Friday– (RV) Georgia Gwinnett at No. 24 SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
o Saturday – (RV) Bryan (Tenn.) at No. 8 Rio Grande (Ohio)
o Saturday – No. 16 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) vs. (RV) Northwood (Fla.)
o Saturday – (RV) Jamestown (N.D.) at No. 17 Missouri Valley
o Sunday – (RV) Bethel (Tenn.) at No. 18 Science & Arts (Okla.)
o Sunday – No. 22 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) vs. (RV) Cal State San Marcos
• For the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1, click here.
For the Record*
• The Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 1 marked the first time in school history that Georgia Gwinnett received votes in a national coaches’ poll in any sport. The Grizzlies own a 4-2-0 record on the season, including victories over then-receiving votes Thomas (Ga.) and Oklahoma City and current No. 16 Auburn Montgomery.
• Dean Johnson secured a place in the NAIA Regular Season record book with his six-assist and 18-point performance in Pikeville’s (Ky.) 15-0 victory over NCCAA Johnson (Tenn.) on Aug. 31. Johnson’s stat line tied him for second all-time in assists and points in an individual regular season NAIA contest.
• 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 197 career victories heading into the Drovers game against McPherson (Kan.) on Saturday.
• 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, who opened the season with 253 career victories, is now just five wins away from Dwain Hartzler’s career mark of 259 wins. Hartzler is currently ranked No. 25 on the all-time wins list. Kranjc, who began the year 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.
• Oliver Gore of No. 22 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), who was named the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 2-8, leads the NAIA in goals (13) and points (32). He also ranks among the top 10 nationally in points per game (2nd, 4.57), assists (3rd, 6), shots per game (6th, 6.14) and goals per game (6th, 1.86).
• Hanzel Rodriguez of Arizona Christian ranks second nationally in goals (11) and points (24).
• Dean Johnson of Pikeville (Ky.) and Scott Smith of Marymount (Calif.) remain atop the NAIA leaderboard in assists with eight and seven, respectively.
• Four goaltenders enter Thursday with a 0.00 goals against average. Jake Hiance of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) leads the nation with 57 saves in five games for the Eagles.
• Among teams who have played at least one regular season game, twenty-eight remain unbeaten.
• Marian (Ind.) leads all teams with 31 goals and 24 assists in six matches this season. Thirteen different players have scored for the Knights.
• (RV) Aquinas (Mich.) has recorded an NAIA-best four shutouts this season.
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
*According to DakStats and team submission of statistics.
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.
National Championship Information – Click here.
NAIA Men’s Soccer Regular Season Records – Click here.
NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Records – Click here.