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2013 NAIA Menís Soccer National Championship Qualifiers Announced

November 17, 2013
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By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship qualifiers for the 55th annual event. The National Championship Opening Round will kick off the 32-team tournament at 16 campus sites on Nov. 23, with the 16 winners advancing to the national championship final site in Montgomery, Ala. The 15 final site contests will take place Dec. 2-7 at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex and will be video-streamed live on NAIA.org.

The Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round pairings and bracket will be unveiled via a live graphical show on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. CST.

The 32 teams are comprised of 23 automatic qualifiers—which earned berths by winning conference, independent and unaffiliated grouping tournament or regular-season titles—and nine at-large teams—selected by the final Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI), announced today.

Defending national champion Belhaven (Miss.) earned an at-large bid after falling 1-0 in double-overtime to Martin Methodist (Tenn.) in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament. The Blazers are one of 19 teams making back-to-back national championship appearances.

The 32-team field accounts for 13 of the 54 men’s soccer national championships. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) boasts the most national titles among the field with nine and also leads all qualifiers in championship appearances (21) and championship wins (48). The Blue Raiders’ 21 championship appearances are the second-most all-time behind former-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) (23), while their 48 championship victories lead the NAIA.

Four teams will be competing in their first national championship: Corban (Ore.), Georgia Gwinnett, Indiana Wesleyan and Thomas (Ga.). Georgia Gwinnett, which earned an automatic berth by winning the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Tournament, will be making its first national championship appearance in any sport in just its second year of intercollegiate athletic competition.

The nine at-large berths were awarded based on the final NAIA Men’s Soccer MRPI. The MRPI consists of the team’s modified winning percentage, their opponent’s winning percentage and the cumulative ratings points from the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Each of the three values has a weighted percentage calculated in the MRPI. The MRPI modifies the value of home/away/neutral results and adds more value for games against opponents ranked in their respective national poll. To view the final MRPI, click here.

NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all 15 matches of the 2013 Men’s Soccer National Championship in Montgomery, Ala. Don't miss any of the action that runs from Dec. 2 - 7. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament pass is available for $29.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here. 

2013 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Qualifiers

School Qualification Record Appearances Last Time NC Record Titles
Ashford (Iowa) At-Large No. 3 13-4-1 3rd 2012 1-2-0 0
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion 13-6-0 12th 2012 17-9-3 0
Baker (Kan.) Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 14-5-2 6th 2011 4-4-1 0
Belhaven (Miss.) At-Large No. 6 14-6-1 10th 2012 14-8-4 2
Bellevue (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 9-8-0 3rd 2009 1-2-0 0
Benedictine (Kan.) At-Large No. 4 11-4-1 5th 2012 4-4-0 0
Bryan (Tenn.) Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 15-3-0 3rd 2010 1-2-0 0
Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular-Season Champion 12-5-2 2nd 2012 0-0-1 0
Concordia (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 14-4-0 6th 2012 5-4-1 0
Corban (Ore.) Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion 16-1-2 1st 0-0-0 0
Davenport (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 19-2-0 2nd 2010 0-1-0 0
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) California Pacific Conference Tournament Champion 14-4-1 2nd 2012 0-1-0 0
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) At-Large No. 9 13-3-0 9th 2011 6-8-0 0
Georgia Gwinnett Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion 15-4-0 1st 0-0-0 0
Grand View (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 18-2-0 9th 2012 5-8-0 0
Hastings (Neb.) At-Large No. 5 18-3-0 10th 2012 16-6-3 1
Indiana Wesleyan Crossroads League Tournament Champion 14-3-3 1st 0-0-0 0
Kansas Wesleyan Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 13-4-2 5th 2012 0-4-0 0
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) At-Large No. 1 14-3-2 21st 2012 48-11-4 9
Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 14-3-1 2nd 2009 2-1-0 0
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) At-Large No. 8 14-4-2 4th 2012 2-3-3 0
Midland (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 18-1-2 2nd 2009 0-1-0 0
Missouri Valley At-Large No. 7 12-4-4 4th 2012 0-3-0 0
Oklahoma Wesleyan At-Large No. 2 17-3-0 3rd 2012 0-2-0 0
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 15-5-1 3rd 2012 1-1-1 0
Park (Mo.) American Midwest Conference Tournament Champion 11-5-1 10th 2008 2-9-3 0
Point Park (Pa.) Unaffiliated Grouping: GCAC/KIAC Tournament Champion 12-6-1 2nd 2012 0-1-0 0
Rio Grande (Ohio) Mid-South Conference Tournament Champion 15-2-2 13th 2012 20-9-2 1
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Unaffiliated Grouping: A.I.I./Frontier/North Star Tournament Champion 14-3-1 2nd 2012 0-1-0 0
Science & Arts (Okla.) Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 15-4-0 5th 2012 5-4-0 0
St. Thomas (Texas) Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Champion 13-3-2 2nd 2010 0-1-0 0
Thomas (Ga.) The Sun Conference Tournament Champion 15-3-2 1st 0-0-0 0