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2013 Menís Soccer National Championship Quarterfinal Recap

December 04, 2013
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By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern

-No. 4 Ashford (Iowa) (15-4-1) def. No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio) (16-2-3), 5-1 | Box Score
-No. 16 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (16-3-1) def. No. 8 Belhaven (Miss.) (16-6-1), 2-1 (2 OT) | Box Score
-No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (16-3-2) def. No. 7 Hastings (Neb.) (20-3-0), 3-1 | Box Score
-No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (13-6-2) def. No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan (19-3-0), 3-2 (2 OT) | Box Score

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Schedule | Bracket) Two quarterfinal games required double overtime to determine semifinalists in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship, with No. 11 seed Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) and No. 16-seeded Martin Methodist (Tenn.) advancing in extra periods. Both semifinal matches will take place Friday at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala., beginning at 12:00 noon.

In the day’s first match, and biggest blowout, No. 4 seed Ashford (Iowa) vanquished the No. 5-seeded Red Storm of Rio Grande (Ohio). Daniel Dreier opened the scoring for the Saints, with a goal in the 14th minute. In the 18th minute, Pau Delgado Rodriguez netted the equalizer for the Red Storm, his third goal of the National Championship. It would prove to be the lone goal for Rio Grande, which played most of the contest a man down after Luiz Filho was sent off with a straight red card in the 35th minute. Ashford would tack on four more goals: Lucas Almeida (25th), Javier Ramirez (48th), Dreier (62nd) and Johannes Langhans (65th). After the quarterfinal round, Dreier leads the Saints with three goals and two assists in the National Championship—all three goals have come at the final site in Montgomery.

No. 16 Martin Methodist—which advanced to the quarterfinals by upsetting top-seeded Grand View (Iowa) Monday—continued its run in the National Championship, defeating Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) rival Belhaven (Miss.), 2-1, in double overtime. Eduardo Cruz found the back of the net in the 14th minute to give the defending national champion Blazers the early lead, snapping Martin Methodist’s streak of 311 minutes without allowing a goal. After three early shots off of the crossbar for the RedHawks, Juan Madrigal responded in the 25th, scoring on a deflection off of a Martin Methodist set piece to knot the game at one. With no scoring in the remaining 65 minutes of regulation, or in the first 10 minute golden-goal overtime period, the game advanced to double overtime. There, Sean Dong—the Martin Methodist hero who recorded a hat trick in the second round upset of Grand View—again found the back of the net, this time on a rebound in the box, to punch the RedHawks ticket to the semifinals. While the RedHawks are the highest seed to advance to the semifinal round, they’re far from a Cinderella story, having qualified for the National Championship by winning the SSAC Tournament title over two other National Championship quarterfinalists. In its first-ever trip to the semifinal round, Martin Methodist will face off against No. 4-seeded Ashford, which will also be competing in its first semifinals. 

In its 20th-straight national championship appearance, No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) advanced to the semifinal round by defeating No. 7-seeded Hastings (Neb.), 3-1. The Blue Raiders jumped out to a nearly instantaneous lead with an Elijah Ukpong goal just 96 seconds into the contest. In the 30th minute, Keletso Mosime juked his defender and beat Broncos keeper Alex Guyer on the short side to put Lindsey Wilson up 2-0. Hastings found life after a Shane Davidson deflection goal, through a crowded box, on a Broncos set piece in the 53rd minute, but Tom Moody put the game away for the Blue Raiders in the 88th minute, finding the back of the net on a penalty kick after taking a foul in the box. With the win, Lindsey Wilson will be competing in its third-straight semifinals, seeking its 10th national title. 

No. 11 seed Auburn Montgomery punched its ticket to the semifinals with a 3-2 win over No. 3-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan in double overtime. Jack McGowan sent a Lucas Almeida feed past Warhawks keeper Vignir Johannesson to put the Eagles up, 1-0, less than two minutes into the contest. Elvar Sigurdsson responded with a goal of his own in the 24th minute to send the game to the half knotted at one. In the 55th minute, Robert Gallegos was shown a straight red card, after a foul on an Auburn Montgomery breakaway, forcing the Eagles to play a man down for the remainder of the match. Starting Warhawk keeper Vignir Johannesson suffered an injury in the 57th, forcing freshman Phillip Hitpass into the net after seeing action in just three regular season games. In the 73rd minute, Sigurdsson again found the back of the net, this time off of a beautiful cross from Vitor Silva to put Auburn Montgomery up 2-1. Despite playing shorthanded, the Eagles would respond, with McGowan beating the Warhawks backup keeper Hitpass in the 87th minute to send the game to overtime. After 16 minutes of scoreless golden-goal action, Oklahoma Wesleyan keeper Luka Stojanovic dropped a ball in the box and Cesar Kestring punched it home to send the Warhawks to the semifinals, their sixth all-time. There, the Warhawks will meet up with No. 2 Lindsey Wilson, which defeated Auburn Montgomery in back-to-back national championship finals in 2000 and 2001. 

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National Championship Quarterfinal Notes
-With two overtime matches today, thirteen contests have now required an extra period—with twelve advancing to double-overtime and five being settled by penalty kicks—in this year’s National Championship.
-Two of the top four seeds, No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 4 Ashford (Iowa) advanced to the semifinals, where they are joined by a pair of SSAC teams, No. 16 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) and No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). 
-Three of the four semifinalists were national championship qualifiers in 2012. Martin Methodist is the only semifinal team that did not compete in the 2012 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
-Ashford and Martin Methodist will both be competing in their first-ever semifinals Friday. The Saints have competed in two previous national championships (2009, 2012) while the RedHawks have just one prior appearance (2009).
-Lindsey Wilson is the only semifinalist to own a national title. The Blue Raiders have nine all-time and won their last national championship in 2011. 
-Today, Auburn Montgomery recorded its first win of the 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship after advancing on penalty kicks in the Opening Round on Nov. 23 and the Second Round on Dec. 3. The Warhawks have required at least double overtime to advance in each round.