October 31, 2013
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Tourbeau's National Men's Soccer Game of the Week, presented by NSCAA and Admiral Soccer
Southern Poly (Ga.) (7-5-2) at (RV) Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) (9-4-2)
Saturday, November 2, 7 p.m. EDT | Childs Field, Central, S.C.
• Southern Poly (Ga.) will travel to Central, S.C., to take on Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) rival Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) on Saturday.
• When the teams last met, in a regular-season contest on Oct. 3, 2012, Southern Poly defended its home pitch, winning 2-1 on a 36th minute goal by forward Omar Kanteh, then a sophomore.
• Last season, the teams finished among the top five in the SSAC during the regular-season and each advanced to the semifinals of the SSAC Tournament. Southern Wesleyan lost, 3-0, to eventual SSAC Tournament Champion Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) in the semifinal round and Southern Poly fell, 2-1, to the WarHawks in the championship game.
• Currently, Southern Poly sits in the eighth and final qualifying position for the SSAC Tournament (3-5-1), while Southern Wesleyan is fifth in the SSAC (6-3-1) and receiving votes nationally.
• Southern Poly, a 2012 national championship tournament quarterfinalist, opened the season at No. 8 and continued to be ranked, as high as No. 2, through Poll No. 3 of the regular season. The Hornets have not been ranked since Sept. 24 and have struggled in the month of October, going 2-2-1 in games against SSAC opponents. Southern Poly will have an opportunity to improve on that record when it faces off against Emmanuel (Ga.) on Oct. 31.
• Southern Wesleyan was ranked No. 21 in the Preseason Poll and in the first regular-season edition before dropping into the receiving votes category (Poll No. 2) and then completely off of the national radar (Polls No. 3-7). In the latest Coaches’ Poll, the Warriors received their first votes since Poll No. 2 of the regular-season. Heading into the match against Southern Poly, the Warriors are riding a five-game winning streak, including a 2-1 win over No. 11 Auburn Montgomery.
• This season, Southern Poly is attempting to make its fifth-straight national championship tournament appearance. The Hornets have never advanced past the national quarterfinals. Southern Wesleyan is trying to make its first national championship tournament in program history.
• Junior forward Omar Kanteh, a native of Banjul, Gambia, is the Southern Poly leader in goals (9) and points (21). Leading the Hornets with six assists is sophomore midfielder Ahmed Zaky. Zaky, a native of Cairo, Egypt, is tied for second on the team in points (18) with fellow sophomore midfielder Kirk De Boer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who is also second on the team in goals (7). James Harris, a senior midfielder from London, England, ranks second on the team in assists (5). Kanteh is among the NAIA leaders in shots on goal per game (5th, 2.83) and shots per game (6th, 5.42), while Zaky ranks 44th in game winning goals per game (.23) and 46th in total game winning goals (3).
• Senior forward Douglas Andrade from Sao Paulo, Brazil, leads Southern Wesleyan in goals (9) and points (21). Junior midfielders Joao Oliveira of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Alejandro Sanchez of Bogota, Columbia, are tied for second on the team in goals (4). They also share the second position in points (9) with Warriors assists leader (5) Bruno Liozzi, a junior forward from Campinas, Brazil.
• The Hornets rank 47th nationally in assists per game (1.79).
• Southern Poly is 7-5-2 on the season, including a 2-2-2 mark in true away contests and a 3-5-1 record in the SSAC.
• Southern Wesleyan is 9-4-2 on the year, including a 5-1-0 record at home and a 6-3-1 mark in SSAC play.
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This Week Around the Top 25
• Rio Grande (Ohio) earned its 41st all-time No. 1 ranking to become the third NAIA program to have been ranked No. 1 in multiple polls this season. The previous two were Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Hastings (Neb.).
• Rio Grande also topped the latest Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI), which can be found here.
• Northwestern Ohio, which received votes in this week’s poll, handed Rio Grande its second loss of the season on Oct. 30. Freshman forward Peguy Ngatcha sealed the 2-1 victory for the Racers with his goal in the 73rd minute.
• There were two newcomers to the Top 25 this week: No. 24 Texas at Brownsville and No. 25 Marymount (Calif.). Texas at Brownsville returns to the Top 25 after a one-week hiatus, while Marymount makes its first appearance, dating back to 2000. The Mariners had received votes in the past four polls.
• Last week, there were six Top 25 matchups and there was one game against an opponent who received votes in the coaches’ poll. Top 25 teams went 1-0-0 against opponents who received votes and 27-4-0 against unranked opponents.
• This week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3 features 19 of the Top 25 teams in action, including two Top 25 matchups:
o Friday – No. 8 William Carey (Miss.) at No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
o Saturday – No. 17 Belhaven (Miss.) at No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
• This week, there is one game that pits a Top 25 team against a team who received votes in the eighth regular-season coaches’ poll.
o Wednesday– (RV) Northwestern Ohio def. No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio), 2-1
• For the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 8, click here.
For the Record*
• Chris Kranjc of Hastings (Neb.) moved into the Top 25 on the Men’s Soccer Coaches All-Time Wins List. His 261 career victories are good for 24th all-time, behind longtime Bryan (Tenn.) head coach Sandy Zensen (267). Kranjc is also 10th on the Men’s Soccer Coaches Active Wins List behind Jim Rickard of The Master’s (Calif.) (270).
• Ron Pulvers of Cal State San Marcos earned his 200th career coaching victory when his Cougars took down Westminster (Utah), 2-1, on Oct. 26. He becomes the 20th active coach with 200 or more wins and the 17th of those coaches to have accumulated all of his wins with one NAIA program.
• Marymount (Calif.) earned its first Top 25 ranking, dating back to 2000, in the Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 8. The Mariners are currently ranked No. 25.
• 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 became the 19th active coach with 200 or more wins and was 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. 19 and the Celts are currently receiving votes.
• 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 was 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 unranked.
• 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 unranked.
• 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. 9.
• 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 10-4-2 on the season, are currently unranked.
• 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.
• Warner Pacific (Ore.) head coach Bernie Fagan could 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 current No. 25 Bob Leib (260), the longtime Maine-Farmington head coach. Fagan is 11th on the Men’s Soccer Coaches Active Wins list behind Kranjc of Hastings (Neb.) (261).
• Goshen (Ind.) will have to wait until 2014 for its 500th program win. The Maple Leafs season ended with 499 career victories, as they fell 3-1 to Bethel (Ind.) in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals. Menlo (Calif.) is nearing the 400-win mark. The Oaks, who have 399 all-time wins, will have their first shot at win number 400 when they face off against Cal Maritime on Saturday.
• Tyler Gahara of Fisher (Mass.) leads the NAIA in goals (25) and points (54). He is followed by Luiz Filho of No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio) (23 goals, 49 points) and Viktor Ahlgren of No. 25 Marymount (Calif.) (22 goals, 53 points).
• After his record-setting performance on Oct. 12, Nicklas Petersson of No. 14 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) continues to lead the NAIA in assists (17). Scott Smith of Marymount is second nationally with 16 assists.
• Jake Hiance of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) leads the nation with 176 saves in 18 games for the Eagles.
• Marymount leads the nation in goals (69) and is tied for the lead in assists (63) with Judson (Ill.). Receiving votes Campbellsville (Ky.) is second nationally in goals (66).
• No. 23 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.