By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
Tourbeau's National Men's Soccer Game of the Week, presented by NSCAA and Admiral Soccer
(RV) Mobile (Ala.) (7-4-0) at No. 9 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9-4-0)
Saturday, October 19, 3 p.m. CDT | Auburn University at Montgomery Soccer Complex, Montgomery, Ala.
• Mobile (Ala.) will travel to Montgomery, Ala., to take on Southern States Athletic Conference and in-state rival Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Saturday Oct. 19.
• The game will be Auburn Montgomery coach Wulf Koch’s first opportunity to notch his 200th career victory. Koch, who is in his 18th season at Auburn Montgomery, ranks No. 19 on the active coaching wins list with 199. With a Warhawk victory, Koch would become the 19th active coach with 200 or more wins and the 16th to accumulate all of his wins with one NAIA program.
• When the teams last met, in a regular-season match on Oct. 3, 2012, Mobile defended its home pitch, defeating the Warhawks 6-2. The Rams were led by a two-goal performance from midfielder Naissim Ayadi, then a sophomore.
• Defending national runner-up Mobile was ranked No. 2 in the preseason Top 25, and was No. 1 in the first regular-season edition, before becoming the first former No. 1 to fall out of the Top 25 in the same season since former member Azusa Pacific (Calif.) in 2008. The Rams have not been ranked in either of the past two polls, but have received votes both weeks. Mobile has suffered losses to No. 24 Texas at Brownsville, receiving votes Vanguard (Calif.), Emmanuel (Ga.) and No. 2 Belhaven (Miss.).
• Auburn Montgomery, a 2012 national quarterfinalist, was ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll and has been ranked in every regular-season Top 25 this year. The Warhawks are riding a seven-game win streak after falling to receiving votes Thomas (Ga.), No. 7 Ashford (Iowa), No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and receiving votes Georgia Gwinnett in the early going.
• This season, Mobile is attempting to make its seventh-straight national championship tournament and its 17th in program history. Auburn Montgomery is trying to make an appearance in consecutive national championship tournaments for the first time since 2006 and 2007. The Warhawks own 12 all-time national championship tournament appearances.
• Mobile has one National Championship in program history (2002) and both the Rams and Warhawks have finished as runners-up on three occasions.
• Junior midfielder Naissim Ayadi from Paris, France, and sophomore midfielder Gaetan Massiah from Bordeaux, France, share the Mobile lead in goals with five each. Massiah also leads the Rams in assists with five on the season. Senior midfielder Eoin Dolan, a native of Dunboyne, Ireland, in third on the team in goals (4) and junior midfielder Gunnar Steindorsson from Reykjavik, Iceland, is second on the team in assists (3).
• Sophomore forward Alan Harwell from Montgomery, Ala., leads the Warhawks in goals with eight on the season. Leading Auburn Montgomery with six assists is junior midfielder Elvar Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson, a native of Kopavogur, Iceland, is also second on the team in goals (6). Sophomore defenseman Sebastian Wladyko from Rangsdorf, Germany, ranks second on the team in assists (5). Senior midfielder Christian Holthaus, a native of Vechta, Germany, ranks among the NAIA leaders in game winning goals (23rd, 3) and game winning goals per game (32nd, .25). Sigurdsson ranks 44th nationally in assists (6).
• Mobile is 7-4-0 on the year, including a 2-1-0 mark in away contests and a 4-2-0 record in Southern States Athletic Conference play. The Rams are currently fourth in the SSAC.
• Auburn Montgomery is 9-4-0 on the season, including a 4-3-0 record at home and a 6-0-0 mark against Southern States Athletic Conference opponents. The Warhawks are tied with Belhaven for first in the SSAC.
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This Week Around the Top 25
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) claimed its NAIA-leading 47th all-time No. 1 ranking. The Blue Raiders also extended their NAIA-leading Top 25 ranking streak to 77-straight polls.
• There are two newcomers to the Top 25: No. 12 Concordia (Calif.) and No. 20 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas). Concordia returns to the poll after a four-week hiatus while Our Lady of the Lake makes its first Top 25 appearance in program history, dating back to 2000, after receiving votes in four of the previous six polls.
• Last week, there were three Top 25 matchups but no games against opponents who received votes in the coaches’ poll. Top 25 teams went 18-6-4 against unranked opponents.
• This week of Oct. 14-20 features all of the Top 25 teams in action, including six Top 25 matchups:
o Tuesday – No. 8 Missouri Valley def. No. 4 Oklahoma Wesleyan, 2-1
o Wednesday – No. 10 Hastings (Neb.) def. No. 14 Baker (Kan.), 1-0
o Thursday – No. 23 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) at No. 16 William Carey (Miss.)
o Saturday – No. 23 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) at No. 2 Belhaven (Miss.)
o Saturday – No. 7 Ashford (Iowa) at No. 15 Columbia (Mo.)
o Saturday – No. 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) at No. 8 Missouri Valley
• This week, there are three games that pit Top 25 teams against teams who received votes in the sixth regular-season coaches’ poll.
o Wednesday – (RV) San Diego Christian (Calif.) def. No. 18 Biola (Calif.), 2-1
o Saturday – (RV) Mobile (Ala.) at No. 9 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
o Saturday – No. 18 Biola (Calif.) at (RV) Vanguard (Calif.)
• For the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6, click here.
For the Record*
• Nicklas Petersson of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) broke a 13-year-old NAIA record for assists in a regular-season game when he recorded eight assists in Embry-Riddle’s shutout victory over conference foe Ave Maria (Fla.) on Oct. 12. The Eagles forward also added four goals in the contest, giving him 16 total points, good for a tie for seventh all-time in the NAIA Regular Season record book.
• Jimmy Hampton of Science and Arts (Okla.) earned his 200th career victory on Oct. 8 when the Drovers defeated John Brown (Ark.) 3-0. Hampton becomes the 18th active coach with 200 or more wins and is the 15th to accumulate all of his wins with one NAIA program. Hampton, who also coaches the Science and Arts women’s soccer team, has combined for over 350 career coaching wins between the two programs.
• Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) received its first Top 25 ranking, dating back to 2000, in the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 6. The Saints are currently ranked No. 20.
• Campbellsville (Ky.) and Corban (Ore.) each earned its first Top 25 ranking, dating back to 2000, in the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 22 and the Warriors are currently ranked No. 25.
• Wayland Baptist (Texas) received its first mention, dating back to 2000, in the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3. The Pioneers, who are 10-3-1 on the season, are currently ranked No. 13.
• Cal State San Marcos earned its first Top 25 ranking, dating back to 2000, in the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2. The Cougars, who are 7-3-2 on the season, are currently receiving votes.
• 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. In the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2, the Grizzlies earned the No. 24 spot, their first Top 25 ranking in school history. Georgia Gwinnett received votes in this week’s coaches’ poll.
• 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.
• Marymount (Calif.) played its way into the NAIA Regular Season record book with its 17-assist performance against Pacific Union (Calif.) on Aug. 31. The team’s 17 assists are good for fifth all-time in an individual regular season NAIA contest. The Mariners also scored 16 goals in the game, bringing the team’s point total for the contest to 49.
• Wulf Koch of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), Ron Pulvers of Cal State San Marcos and Tom Maxon of Morningside (Iowa) all sit within striking distance of the 200 career win plateau this season. Koch and Pulvers are next in line for the honor—boasting 199 and 198 career victories, respectively. Koch’s first shot at win number 200 will come Oct. 19, when his Warhawks face off against Mobile (Ala.) in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Game of the Week. Pulvers’ next opportunity to add to his win total will also be on Oct. 19 when his Cougars travel to La Sierra (Calif.). There are 18 active coaches with 200 or more wins and 15 of those coaches have accumulated all of their wins with one NAIA program.
• Hastings (Neb.) head coach Chris Kranjc and Warner Pacific (Ore.) head coach Bernie Fagan 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 three wins away from former Goshen (Ind.) head coach 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, needs just two more to tie Hartzler. Both Kranjc (10th) and Fagan (11th) are among the Top 25 on the Men’s Soccer Coaches Active Wins list.
• Goshen (Ind.) is approaching the 500-win plateau. The Maple Leafs have 499 all-time wins heading into Saturday’s Crossroads League contest against Taylor (Ind.). The contest will be the Maple Leafs first opportunity for their 500th program win. Menlo (Calif.) is nearing the 400-win mark. The Oaks, who have 397 all-time wins, will have their next opportunity to add to that total when they face off against Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) on Friday.
• Luiz Filho of No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) leads the NAIA in goals (20) and is tied for the lead in points (43) with
Viktor Ahlgren of receiving votes Marymount (Calif.). Ahlgren also ranks second nationally in goals (18).
• After his record-setting performance, Nicklas Petersson of No. 11 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) now leads the NAIA in assists (14). Scott Smith of receiving votes Marymount (Calif.) and Dean Johnnson of Pikeville (Ky.) share the second position with 12 assists each.
• Jake Hiance of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) leads the nation with 163 saves in 16 games for the Eagles.
• No. 25 Corban (9-0-2) is the last remaining unbeaten team.
• No. 24 Texas at Brownsville leads the NAIA with 59 goals. Receiving votes Marymount (Calif.) leads the nation in assists (52) and is second in the NAIA in goals (55). No. 11 Embry-Riddle ranks second nationally in assists (43).
• St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) has recorded an NAIA-best 10 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.