By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
Tourbeau's National Men's Soccer Game of the Week, presented by NSCAA and Admiral Soccer
Concordia (Calif.) (1-3-0) at (RV) Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) (2-1-0)
Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m. MDT | Varsity Field, Prescott, Ariz.
• The 2012 Golden State Athletic Conference Regular-Season and Tournament Champions, Concordia (Calif.), will travel to Prescott, Ariz., to face off against (RV) Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), 2012 California Pacific Conference Tournament Champions.
• When the teams last played, in a regular season match on Sept. 3, 2012, Concordia protected its home field, shutting out the Eagles of Embry-Riddle, 3-0.
• Concordia, which was ranked No. 6 in the preseason poll after a national quarterfinal finish in 2012, fell out of the Top 25 this week for the first time since Sept. 20, 2011, a stretch of 25-straight polls. This season, the Eagles have lost to then-receiving votes Baker (Kan.), then-No. 23 Kansas Wesleyan and NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific (Calif.). Their lone win came against Westminster (Utah), who is 3-4-0 on the season.
• Embry-Riddle, which was ranked No. 18 in the preseason poll after making its first national championship tournament appearance in 2012, is currently receiving votes in the coaches’ poll. The Eagles have defeated Simpson (Calif.) and Great Falls (Mont.) this year. Their lone loss came against then-No. 22 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), which is one of just seven NAIA squads to have at least seven wins (7-1-1).
• This season, Concordia is trying to make it to consecutive national championship tournaments for the first time since 2007 and 2008. Embry-Riddle is attempting to make its second national championship tournament appearance in school history.
• Concordia lost 91 percent of its scoring from an offense that ranked sixth in the NAIA in total goals (76) a year ago. The Eagles are without all of their top five scorers from last season and the team’s leading returner, senior forward Jordan Long, netted just three goals in 2012. Key losses for the Eagles include: first-team All-America forward Christian Ramirez —who ranked among the top 10 in the NAIA in total goals (5th, 23) and total points (8th, 52) —to graduation as well as second-team All-America goaltender Julio Trejo—who was third in the NAIA in goals against per game (.71)—and third-team All-America defender Omar De La Piedra, who are both redshirting this season. Senior midfielder Neil Anaya is the biggest offensive threat to return for Concordia. He ranked fourth on the team in points (15) and second on the team in assists (11) in 2012.
• Embry Riddle returns four of its top five scorers and three of its top five assist men from 2012. Key returners for the Eagles include: Jacob Brech, who tied for the team lead in goals (15) and tied for third on the team in assists (5), Isaac Sanchez, who led the team in assists (22) and was third on the team in goals (13), and Fabio Pena, who tied for the team lead in goals (15). The Eagles return each of their thirty-point getters from a year ago in Sanchez (48), Brech (35) and Pena (31). Sanchez ranked among the top 25 nationally in total assists (2nd, 22), assists per game (2nd, 1.10), total points (13th, 48) and points per game (15th, 2.40). Brech ranked among the top 50 in the NAIA in goals per game (28th, .88), points per game (31st, 2.06), total goals (37th, 15) and total points (42nd, 35). Pena also ranked among the 2012 NAIA leaders in goals per game (24th, .94), points per game (37th, 1.94) and total goals (37th, 15).
• Pena and Sanchez of Embry Riddle were Honorable Mentions for NAIA All-America honors last season.
• Freshman forward Ryan Naime leads Concordia with two goals on the season. Junior midfielder Tristan Korras and senior defender Keldon Hatch are tied for the Embry Riddle lead with two goals each. Jacob Brech of Embry Riddle currently leads the NAIA in assists per game (1.33) and ranks among the NAIA leaders in total assists (24th, 4).
• Concordia went 19-3-1 last season, including a 10-2-1 mark in non-conference games. In true road games last year, the Eagles went 5-1-1.
• All three of Embry Riddle’s losses in 2012 were recorded against non-conference competition. The Eagles, who went 14-3-3 last season, were 10-3-1 in non-conference games. But, in home games, the Eagles were a perfect 8-0-0 in 2012.
• Prior to Sunday’s matchup, Embry Riddle will host William Jessup (Calif.) (1-4-0) at 5 p.m. MDT Thursday. Concordia will also host William Jessup (1-4-0) at 1 p.m. PDT Saturday.
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This Week Around the Top 25
• There are six newcomers to the Top 25 this week: No. 13 Bethel (Tenn.), No. 15 Texas at Brownsville, No. 18 Texas Wesleyan, No. 22 Cal State San Marcos, No. 24 Georgia Gwinnett and No. 25 Thomas (Ga.). Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Southern Wesleyan (S.C.), SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Science & Arts (Okla.), Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and Concordia (Calif.) fell out of the Top 25.
• Last week, there were three Top 25 matchups and ten games against opponents who received votes in the first regular-season coaches' poll. Top 25 teams went 5-5-0 against opponents who received votes and 18-6-1 against unranked opponents.
• This week of Sept. 16-22 features 23 of the Top 25 teams in action, including six Top 25 matchups:
o Tuesday – No. 7 Grand View (Iowa) def. No. 3 Benedictine (Kan.), 3-1
o Wednesday – No. 16 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) def. No. 21 Kansas Wesleyan, 1-0
o Thursday – No. 22 Cal State San Marcos at No. 9 Biola (Calif.)
o Saturday – No. 2 Southern Poly (Ga.) at No. 17 Mobile (Ala.)
o Saturday – No. 5 Rio Grande (Ohio) at No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
o Saturday – No. 13 Bethel (Tenn.) at No. 22 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
• This week also features three games that pit Top 25 teams against teams who received votes in the second regular-season coaches’ poll:
o Thursday – No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.)
o Saturday– (RV) Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) at No. 6 Belhaven (Miss.)
o Saturday – No. 21 Kansas Wesleyan at (RV) Baker (Kan.)
• For the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2, click here.
For the Record*
• 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.
• 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 are ranked No. 22.
• 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.
• Jimmy Hampton of Science and Arts (Okla.), Ron Pulvers of Cal State San Marcos, Wulf Koch of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) and Tom Maxon of Morningside (Iowa) all sit within striking distance of the 200 career win plateau this season. Hampton is the closest of the quartet with 198 career victories heading into the weekend. With wins against Wiley (Texas) on Saturday and Texas College on Sunday, Hampton could reach the 200 win mark this week. There are 17 active coaches with 200 or more wins and 14 of those coaches have accumulated all of their wins with one NAIA program.
• Warner Pacific (Ore.) head coach Bernie Fagan and Hastings (Neb.) head coach Chris Kranjc could each 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 five wins away from Dwain Hartzler’s career mark of 259 wins. Hartzler is currently ranked No. 25 on the all-time wins list. Kranjc, who began the year with 246 career victories, needs just seven more to tie Hartzler. Both Fagan (10th) and Kranjc (11th) are among the Top 25 on the Men’s Soccer Coaches Active Wins list.
• Goshen (Ind.) is approaching the 500-win plateau. The Maple Leafs have 495 all-time wins heading into Saturday’s contest against Spring Arbor (Mich.). Menlo (Calif.) is nearing the 400-win mark. The Oaks have 393 all-time wins going into Thursday’s game against San Diego Christian (Calif.).
• Oliver Gore of (RV) Rocky Mountain (Mont.), who was named the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 2-8, and Hanzel Rodriguez of Arizona Christian share the NAIA lead in goals (15). Gore also leads the nation in points (36) and Rodriguez ranks second (32).
• Dean Johnson of Pikeville (Ky.) sits alone atop the NAIA leaderboard in assists (9). Scott Smith of Marymount (Calif.) and Angelo Kelly of William Penn (Iowa) trail him with seven assists each.
• Two goaltenders enter Thursday with a 0.00 goals against average: Jordan Farr of Corban (Ore.) and Conner Braun of Brescia (Ky.). Farr has started one game in goal for the Warriors, but has appeared in three of Corban’s four games, spending 180 minutes in net. Braun has spent 185 minutes in goal for the Bearcats.
• Jake Hiance of Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) leads the nation with 83 saves in seven games for the Eagles.
• Among teams who have played at least one regular season game, thirteen remain unbeaten. Of those, six are ranked among the top 25, three received votes in this week’s coaches’ poll and four went unranked this week.
• Marian (Ind.) leads all teams with 35 goals and is tied for the NAIA lead with 26 assists in seven matches this season. Seventeen different players have tallied a goal or an assist for the Knights. Arizona Christian ranks second nationally in goals (31) and is tied with Marian for the NAIA lead in assists (26).
• No. 16 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and (RV) Aquinas (Mich.) have recorded an NAIA-best five 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.