By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
Tourbeau's National Men's Soccer Game of the Week, presented by NSCAA and Admiral Soccer
(RV) Columbia (Mo.) (9-5-3) at Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) (9-5-1)
Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m. CDT | Blackwell Field, Hannibal, Mo.
• Columbia (Mo.) will travel to Hannibal, Mo., to take on American Midwest Conference (AMC) and in-state rival Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) on Saturday, Oct. 26.
• When the teams last met, in the 2012 AMC Tournament Championship game, Hannibal-LaGrange defended its home pitch, winning 1-0 on a 29th minute goal by forward Joao Junqueira, then a sophomore.
• The teams have finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the AMC in each of the past two seasons, with Hannibal-LaGrange claiming the regular season title in both 2011 and 2012. Heading into this weekend’s matchup, Columbia (6-1-2) holds a slight edge over Park (Mo.) (6-2-0) and Hannibal-LaGrange (6-3-0) in the conference standings.
• Columbia, a 2012 national championship tournament team, was ranked No. 12 in the preseason Top 25 and continued to be ranked until falling out of the poll this week. The Cougars are the top receiving votes team, with 93 total points, after being ranked in 34-straight polls dating back to Nov. 14, 2010. Columbia enters the contest on a three-game losing streak, including one goal losses to Park (Mo.) (2-1), No. 5 Ashford (Iowa) (1-0) and Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) (1-0).
• Hannibal-LaGrange, which lost to eventual champion Belhaven (Miss.) in the 2012 National Quarterfinals, was ranked No. 7 in the Preseason Poll and continued to be ranked, as high as No. 2, until falling out of the poll this week. The Trojans are riding a two-game losing streak featuring one-goal losses to Benedictine (Ill.) (3-2) and Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) (1-0), but will have an opportunity to right the ship on Thursday when they face off against St. Ambrose (Iowa).
• This season, Columbia is attempting to make back-to-back national championship tournaments for just the second time in program history. The Cougars own four all-time national championship tournament appearances. Hannibal-LaGrange is trying to make its third-straight national championship tournament and just its fourth all-time. Neither team has ever made it past the national quarterfinals.
• Senior forward Rafael Ramos from San Paulo, Brazil, leads the Cougars in goals with 10 on the season. Leading Columbia with eight assists is junior forward Marko Paunovic. Paunovic, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, also ranks second on the team in goals (8). Senior midfielder Zach Oppland from St. Louis, Mo., is second on the team in assists (5). Ramos is among the NAIA leaders in total game winning goals (33rd, 3), shots on goal per game (39th, 2) and shots per game (48th, 3.57). Paunovic ranks 40th nationally in total assists (7).
• Junior forward Joao Junqueira, a native of San Paulo, Brazil, leads Hannibal-LaGrange in goals (8), assists (5) and points (21). He is closely followed by sophomore midfielder Manuel Saez from Santiago, Chile, in goals (7) and points (17) and freshman defenseman Nil Lamana from Reus, Spain, in assists (4). Saez is among the top 10 nationally in game winning goals per game (4th, .42) and total game winning goals (7th, 5). Junqueira ranks 33rd nationally in total game winning goals (3). Junior goaltender Logan Miller from Quincy, Ill., also ranks among the national leaders in goals against per game (42nd, 1.1).
• The Cougars are among the top 25 teams nationally in total assists (5th, 42) and assists per game (11th, 2.47). The Trojans rank 24th in the NAIA in total shutouts with 5.
• Columbia is 9-5-3 on the year, including a 5-1-2 mark in away contests and a conference-leading 6-1-2 record in the AMC.
• Hannibal-LaGrange is 9-5-1 on the season, including a 6-1-0 record at home and a 6-3-0 mark in AMC play.
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This Week Around the Top 25
• Rio Grande (Ohio) earned its first No. 1 ranking of 2013, and 40th all-time, to become the fifth NAIA program to be ranked No. 1 this season, tying an NAIA record (2000, 2006). Belhaven (Miss.), Mobile (Ala.), Hastings (Neb.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) have also been ranked No. 1 this season.
• Rio Grande (Ohio) also earned its NAIA-leading third No. 1 ranking in the second Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) of the 2013 season. Hasting (Neb.), who shares the lead with three all-time No. 1 rankings, topped the first MRPI on Sept. 25. The complete MRPI for Oct. 23 can be found here.
• There were a season-high seven newcomers to the Top 25: No. 18 San Diego Christian (Calif.), No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 21 Bryan (Tenn.), No. 23 Davenport (Mich.), No. 24 Thomas (Ga.), No. 25 St. Thomas (Texas) and No. 25 Rocky Mountain (Mont.). This is the first Top 25 appearance for both San Diego Christian and St. Thomas, dating back to 2000, and just the second for Davenport, which was previously ranked on Sept. 9, 2008. The rest of the newcomers had been ranked at some point earlier this season.
• Last week, there were six Top 25 matchups and three games against opponents who received votes in the coaches’ poll. Top 25 teams went 2-1-0 against opponents who received votes and 20-6-3 against unranked opponents.
• This week of Oct. 21-27 features all of the Top 25 teams in action, including six Top 25 matchups:
o Tuesday – No. 16 Baker (Kan.) def. No. 6 Missouri Valley, 2-1
o Friday – No. 9 Belhaven (Miss.) at No. 14 William Carey (Miss.)
o Saturday – No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at No. 21 Bryan (Tenn.)
o Saturday – No. 15 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) at No. 4 Benedictine (Kan.)
o Saturday – No. 11 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at No. 24 Thomas (Ga.)
o Saturday – No. 22 Biola (Calif.) at No. 12 Concordia (Calif.)
• This week, there is one game that pits a Top 25 team against a team who received votes in the seventh regular-season coaches’ poll.
o Thursday– (RV) Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) at No. 25 St. Thomas (Texas)
• For the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 7, click here.
For the Record*
• No. 20 Corban (Ore.), the nation’s last remaining unbeaten team, suffered its first loss of the season on Oct. 23 to Concordia (Ore.), 5-0.
• Wulf Koch of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) earned his 200th career victory on Oct. 19 when his WarHawks defeated Southern States Athletic Conference foe Mobile (Ala.) 2-1 in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Game of the Week. Koch becomes the 19th active coach with 200 or more wins and is the 16th to accumulate all of his wins with one NAIA program.
• San Diego Christian (Calif.) and St. Thomas (Texas) each earned its first Top 25 ranking, dating back to 2000, in the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 7. The Hawks are currently ranked No. 18 and the Celts are currently ranked No. 25.
• 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 became 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 receiving votes.
• Campbellsville (Ky.) and Corban 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 receiving votes and the Warriors are currently ranked No. 20.
• Wayland Baptist (Texas) received its first mention, dating back to 2000, in the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3. The Pioneers 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 8-4-2 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.
• Ron Pulvers of Cal State San Marcos is one win away from the 200 win plateau, with next shot at win number 200 coming on Oct. 26, when his Cougars take on Westminster (Utah). There are 19 active coaches with 200 or more wins and 16 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. Kranjc, who began the year with 246 career victories, is now tied with former Goshen (Ind.) head coach Dwain Hartzler at 259 career wins. Hartzler began the year ranked No. 25 on the all-time wins list. Fagan, who opened the season with 253 career victories, is now just three wins away from Hartzler and Kranjc. Kranjc’s first shot to unseat Hartzler for the No. 25 position will come on Oct. 26, when his Broncos take on Northwestern (Iowa). 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 contest against Bethel (Ind.). The contest will be the Maple Leafs final regular-season opportunity to earn 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 Soka (Calif.) on Friday.
• Viktor Ahlgren of receiving votes Marymount (Calif.) leads the NAIA in goals (21) and points (51). Luiz Filho of No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio) is second in the nation in goals (20) and is tied for the second in points (43) with Oliver Gore of No. 25 Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
• After his record-setting performance last week, Nicklas Petersson of No. 11 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) continues to lead the NAIA in assists (16). Scott Smith of receiving votes Marymount (Calif.) is second nationally with 15 assists.
• Jake Hiance of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) leads the nation with 176 saves in 18 games for the Eagles.
• Receiving votes Campbellsville (Ky.) leads the NAIA with 63 goals. Receiving votes Marymount (Calif.) leads the nation in assists (60) and is tied for second in the NAIA in goals (61) with Texas at Brownsville. Judson (Ill.) ranks second nationally in assists (49).
• No. 21 Bryan (Tenn.) has recorded an NAIA-best 11 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.