By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (10-0-0) at No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio) (8-1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 29, Rio Grande, Ohio, 7 p.m. EDT, Evan E. Davis Field
• Top ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) heads to Rio Grande, Ohio, for a battle against No. 2 Rio Grande on Saturday. These two Mid-South Conference powers collide with the winner sitting in the driver's seat for conference supremacy.
• Lindsey Wilson owns a 33-game overall winning streak, which marks the second-longest all-time NAIA span. Hastings (Neb.) holds the record with a 39-gamer, which occurred from 2010-11.
• Rio Grande is 25-2 at home since 2010. Ironically, both of those losses came at the hands of the Blue Raiders during the 2011 season.
• Since Rio Grande joined the Mid-South Conference prior to the 2009 season, the RedStorm and Blue Raiders have finished either first or second in the conference standings. Lindsey Wilson won regular season titles in 2009 and 2011, while Rio Grande took home the 2010 banner.
• The No. 1 vs. 2 matchup is a first in the NAIA since the 2011 National Championship when Lindsey Wilson faced second-ranked Hastings. The Blue Raiders out-lasted Hastings in the title bout on Dec. 3, 3-2 in overtime.
• In the last five meetings, Lindsey Wilson owns a slight 3-2 edge in the series. Four of those five contests have been decided by one goal. In the last meeting on Nov. 10, 2011, Lindsey Wilson scored a 2-1 win thanks to the game-winner off the foot of Philip Sandgren.
• Thus far in 2012, Rio Grande is 3-0 at home and is out-scoring its opponents 14-1. Lindsey Wilson is 2-0 on the road with the last true road match on Aug. 27.
• Since 2009, Lindsey Wilson is second in NAIA men's soccer in wins with 68, followed by the RedStorm with 67.
• Lindsey Wilson leads the NAIA in total goals (44) and has out-scored its opponents 44-5 in 10 games. Six of the eight contests have been decided by at least two goals.
• Philip Sandgren ranks third in the NAIA in points (30), goals (14) and sixth in goals per game (1.4). Yuta Nomura sits 12th in the NAIA in goals against average (0.6).
• After a season-opening loss at Saint Xavier (Ill.), the RedStorm have rattled off eight-straight wins. The 5-0 triumph over St. Catharine (Ky.) on Wednesday was the fourth-straight shutout for Rio Grande.
• Richard Isberner leads an offense that ranks 11th in the NAIA in goals (33) with 1.4 goals per game. His output of goals (10), points (22) and game-winning markers (3) leads the team. Jack Marchant holds a .560 goals against average, to rank 11th in the country.
This Week Around the Top 25
• The first official NAIA Men's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) was released on Wednesday, with Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) earning its first-ever No. 1 MRPI ranking. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is second, followed by No. 3 Concordia (Calif.), No. 4 Belhaven (Miss.) and No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio).
• This week of Sept. 24 - 30 features four other Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Men's Soccer Match of the Week, including:
o Friday - No. 7 Southern Poly (Ga.) at No. 4 Belhaven (Miss.)
o Saturday - No. 17 Biola (Calif.) at No. 6 Concordia (Calif.)
o Saturday - No. 13 Missouri Valley at No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
o Saturday - No. 19 Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) at No. 16 Ashford (Iowa)
• Through Thursday games, the Top 25 is 16-1-1. The tie was recorded when No. 11 Bethel (Tenn.) posted a 1-1 draw against NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.).
• Holy Cross (Ind.) came up with the week's biggest upset thus far, taking down No. 12 Robert Morris (Ill.), 2-1, on Tuesday. The Crusaders dealt Robert Morris its first loss of the year. Goalkeeper Victor Navarro notched the win with six saves.
• The 3-1 win over Cumberland (Tenn.) on Tuesday handed No. 1 Lindsey Wilson its 33rd-straight victory. That streak is No. 2 on the all-time NAIA win streak list. The last loss came on Nov. 20, 2010 against Southern Poly (Ga.).
• Looking back at last week's Top 25 matchup results:
o Sept. 20 (Game of the Week) - No. 8 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) def. No. 15 Kansas Wesleyan, 3-1
o Sept. 21 - No. 7 Southern Poly (Ga.) def. No. 14 Mobile (Ala.), 2-1
• For the current, NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record*
• Through Thursday games, Jamestown (N.D.), Lindsey Wilson and West Virginia Tech lead the NAIA with 10 wins apiece. On a side note, Jamestown is off to a school record 10-0 start.
• Ten programs hold an undefeated record. Four of those teams - Lindsey Wilson, Jamestown, Belhaven (Miss.) and Mid-America Christian (Okla.) - have recorded zero ties and zero losses.
• Twenty-one programs have hit the seven-win threshold thus far.
• Ten clubs are searching for win No. 1 on the season. Between Sept. 20 - 26, two teams notched their first victory of the year.
• Three new institutions have kicked-off their inaugural seasons in the NAIA: Georgia Gwinnett, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) and St. Andrews (N.C.). Georgia Gwinnett (6-1-1) was the first of the trio to complete a contest as the Grizzlies posted a 12-0 shutout against Tennessee Temple on Aug. 25. The Lynx dropped their first contest, 1-0, against NCAA Division III member Webster (Mo.) on Sept. 1 - Lindenwood-Belleville is 4-4-0 thus far. In its first game on Aug. 28, St. Andrews (2-6-0) lost 7-2 at Milligan (Tenn.).
• Judson (Ill.) head coach Steve Burke became the 11th coach in men's college soccer history (NCAA or NAIA) to reach the 500-win milestone. He hit the mark on Sept. 1 in the 2-1 victory over Taylor (Ind.). He boasts the most wins among NAIA men's soccer coaches with a 501-155-39 record in 29 seasons (through games played on Sept. 26). The native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., is trying to reach his 28th-straight season of holding a winning record.
• Joel Veal of Aquinas (Mich.) picked up his 200th career coaching win on Aug. 28 against Ohio Midwestern. He stands 17th on the active NAIA wins chart.
• Since 2009 (through games played on Sept. 19), Hastings has won more contests than any other NAIA program - 70. During its current 83-match stretch, the Broncos have lost only 10 contests and tied three others for a 70-10-3 mark. Lindsey Wilson is second in wins since 2009 with 68, followed by Rio Grande (Ohio) with 67, Science & Arts (Okla.) with 57 and Grand View (Iowa) with 55 wins.
• Last year, Hastings (Neb.) set the NAIA record with a 39-match all-time winning streak. That span was 11 better than what Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) accomplished during the 1998-99 seasons. Also, the Broncos rattled off a 41-match unbeaten streak (either a win or tie), which ranks third on the all-time chart. The 2010 national champion made it to the title game again last year, falling short in a 3-2 loss to Lindsey Wilson.
• Another long streak to note: Rio Grande (Ohio) recorded a 112-game unbeaten streak in regular season action, running from Oct. 21, 2000 until a loss to Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on Sept. 16, 2006.
• Since 2005, there have been nine instances of a team recording a 20-match winning streak or better. In those examples, seven teams have put their name on that list.
*According to DakStats and team submission of statistics.
• Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) leads the nation in goals scored with 44 (in 10 matches). The Blue Raiders are third in goals scored per game (4.4), behind the 4.9 average of William Carey (Miss.) and 4.6 clip of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.). Hannibal-LaGrange posted a season-high 16 goals against Eureka (Ill.) on Sept. 8.
• James Anderson of Brescia (Ky.) holds the early goal lead on the year with 21 in seven matches. He eclipsed the four-goal total in three of his matches, with a season-high of seven against Kentucky Christian (Sept. 5). Overall, 13 individuals have found the back of the net at least 10 times.
• The season-high assists total of 11 is held by Brescia's Alex Degg. There are sixteen players to post at least seven assists on the year.
• Bryan Byars of Science & Arts (Okla.) leads the NAIA in goals against average (0.24). He has played in eight matches with two goals allowed and six shutouts to his credit.
• Senior Richard Isberner of Rio Grande (Ohio) is the nation's leading goal returner from 2011. He was second on the goal charts last year with 29. He will try to add to his three-year career totals of 66 goals, 47 assists and 179 points (stats heading into 2012). He has a shot at the cracking the NAIA top 10 career charts for goals (101) and points (231). Through seven matches played this year (he has been sidelined with leg injuries in two others), Isberner has 10 goals and two assists (22 points).
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
*According to DakStats and team submission of statistics.
• The 54th annual national championship will take place at a different venue - Montgomery, Ala. This is the third-straight year in the state of Alabama with the 2010-11 events being held in Orange Beach, Ala. The 2012 championship will be contested from Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex.
List of NAIA Schools Participating in Men's Soccer - Click HERE
NAIA Men's Soccer Winningest Coaches - Click HERE
|National Championship Superlatives|
|Most Wins in Championship Appearances|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||45-10-4|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||40-18-4|
|West Virginia Wesleyan*||24-5-4|
|Davis & Elkins (W.Va.)*||22-11-0|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||19-8-2|
|Most All-Time Championship Appearances|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||23||40-18-4||2010|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||19||45-10-4||2011|
|Midwestern State (Texas)*||17||17-21-5||1996|
|Davis & Wlkins (W.Va.)*||11||22-11-0||1980|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||11||19-8-2||2011|
|West Virginia Wesleyan*||10||24-5-4||1994|
|Longest Championship Appearance Active Streak|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||1994-2011||18|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||2001-11||11|
|Texas at Brownsville||2008-11||4|
|Programs with Most Championship Titles|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||9|
|West Virginia Wesleyan*||5|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||3|
|Davis & Elkins (W.Va.)*||2|
|Trenton State (N.J.)*||2|
|* Institution no longer an NAIA member|
|Coaches’ Polls Superlatives|
|Active Top 25 Streaks|
|(as of Sept. 25 poll; since 2000 season)|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||62|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||55|
|Southern Poly (Ga.)||20|
|Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||14|
|Science & Arts (Okla.)||13|
|Total No. 1 rankings|
|(as of Sept. 25 poll; since 2000 season)|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||41|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||35|
|Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)||9|
|Simon Fraser (B.C.)*||6|
|Azusa Pacific (Calif.)*||5|
|William Jewell (Mo.)*||2|
|The following schools have one No. 1 ranking: Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Graceland (Iowa), Illinois-Springfield*, The Master’s (Calif.), Westmont (Calif.)|