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2013 Menís Soccer National Championship Final Site Day Two Recap

December 03, 2013
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By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern

-No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio) (16-2-2) tied No. 12 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (14-3-0), 1-1 (2 OT) (Rio Grande advances on PKs, 6-5) | Box Score
-No. 8 Belhaven (Miss.) (15-6-1) def. No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (14-4-3), 2-1 | Box Score
-No. 7 Hastings (Neb.) (19-3-0) def. No. 10 Missouri Valley (13-4-4), 3-2 | Box Score
-No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (13-6-1) tied No. 6 Benedictine (Kan.) (11-4-2), 2-2 (2 OT) (Auburn Montgomery advances on PKs, 5-4) | Box Score

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Schedule | Bracket) Two of today’s second-round games required penalty kicks to determine quarterfinalists in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship, with No. 5 seed Rio Grande (Ohio) and No. 11-seeded Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) advancing after 110 minutes of on-field action and six rounds of penalty kicks each. The four quarterfinal matches will take place tomorrow at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala., beginning at 11:00 a.m.

In the day’s first match, No. 5-seeded Rio Grande advanced to the quarterfinals by way of penalty kicks, 6-5. The Red Storm struck first with a Pau Delgado Rodriguez goal in the 16th minute—on a ball that slipped through the hands of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) keeper Nils Carlson. Two minutes later, Erik Norburg netted the equalizer for the Eagles off of a Viktor Gudnason feed. With no scoring in the final 71 minutes of regulation, or in either of the 10 minute golden-goal overtime periods, the game headed to penalty kicks. There, Rio Grande and No. 12 seed Embry-Riddle found the back of the net with each of their first five. In the sixth round of kicks, the Red Storm advanced to the quarterfinals on a Callum Cobb make, after Nicklas Petersson sent the ball sailing over the net for the Eagles. The Red Storm will face off against No. 4 seed Ashford (Iowa) in their sixth all-time quarterfinal appearance at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.

No. 8 seed Belhaven (Miss.) kept its national title defense alive with a 2-1 win over No. 9-seeded MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). Tom Gavin gave the Blazers an early lead with a beautiful left-footed curl off of the right post in the 9th minute, and Will Monsour added to it, sending a goal-kick feed from Belhaven keeper Carl Blundell to the back of the net in the 19th. Taylor Esparza added a first-half goal for the Pioneers to close the scoring. With the victory, Belhaven advances to take on Southern States Athletic Conference rival and No. 16 seed Martin Methodist (Tenn.), which upset No. 1 Grand View (Iowa), 5-0, Monday. The quarterfinal game will be the third meeting of the clubs this season, with Martin Methodist having won each of the previous two matchups, 1-0.

In the first come-from-behind victory of the second round, No. 7-seeded Hastings (Neb.) topped No. 10 seed Missouri Valley, 3-2, to advance to its third national championship quarterfinals in four seasons. Miguel Jimenez opened the scoring in the 8th minute, giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead that they held throughout the first half. With a goal in the 56th minute, Dru Kobs knotted the score at 1-1, and then Jake Ramsay gave the Broncos their first lead of the game, 2-1, when he found the back of the net in the 62nd. In the 87th minute, Raul Beneit erased the deficit for the Vikings, heading home an Alberto Linan Gomez feed. Another second-round overtime game seemed imminent, until Thomas Boss sent a brilliant strike from outside the box past a diving Josh Wells to lift Hastings, 3-2, with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation. With the win, the Broncos advance to the quarterfinals and will face off against familiar foe No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Blue Raiders defeated the Broncos 3-2 in overtime in the 2011 National Championship final.

No. 11 seed Auburn Montgomery punched its ticket to the quarterfinals in penalty kicks, 5-4. Cesar Kestring sent a Christian Holthaus feed past Ravens keeper Taylor Vinnage to put the Warhawks up 1-0 in the 30th minute. Just over three minutes later, Fabio Priore knotted the game at one, scoring off of a Benedictine free kick. The score remained tied until late in the second half, when Alan Harwell scored for the Warhawks in the 78th minute off of an Elvar Sigurdsson pass. An 87th minute goal by Joe Sbarro and two key saves by Taylor Vinnage helped the Ravens send the contest to overtime. After 20 minutes of scoreless golden-goal action, the match headed to penalty kicks. After going 4-4 in the initial five rounds of kicks, Elvar Sigurdsson sent the Warhawks to their second-straight quarterfinals with a make following a Phillip Hitpass save. In the quarterfinals, Auburn Montgomery will take on No. 3-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan, which is competing in its first national championship.

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National Championship Final Site Day Two Notes
-With two overtime matches today, eleven contests have now required an extra period—with ten advancing to double-overtime and five being settled by penalty kicks—in this year’s National Championship.
-Six of the top eight seeds advanced to the quarterfinals. No. 16 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) recorded the two second-round upsets.
-Of the eight quarterfinalists, seven were national championship qualifiers in 2012. Martin Methodist is the only quarterfinal team that did not compete in the 2012 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
-Rio Grande (Ohio) advances on penalty kicks for the first time in the national championship. The Red Storm were previously eliminated on penalty kicks in 2006 and 2009.
-The Blazers of Belhaven (Miss.) are attempting to win the first back-to-back National Championships since Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) won four-straight from 1998-2001.
-The three national championship final-site newcomers—Indiana Wesleyan, Missouri Valley and Oklahoma Wesleyan—went 1-2-0 in the second round. Oklahoma Wesleyan advanced to the quarterfinals with its 3-2 win over Concordia (Calif.) in double-overtime Monday.
-Hastings (Neb.) advances to its fifth national championship quarterfinals since 2003.
-Auburn Montgomery’s backup goalkeeper, Phillip Hitpass made two key saves to help the Warhawks advance after subbing in for 2012 First Team All-American keeper Vignir Johannesson for penalty kicks.
-All three Southern States Athletic Conference teams that qualified for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship advanced to the quarterfinals.
-None of the four Heart of America Athletic Conference teams that qualified for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship advanced to the quarterfinal round.