2016 NAIA Men?s Soccer National Championship Qualifiers & Opening Round Schedule Announced
By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Video Announcement | Bracket) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the teams and Opening Round pairings for the 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. The 31-team event will get underway with 15 National Championship Opening Round matches at campus locations on Nov. 19. Keiser (Fla.) is the 31st team in the field, but receives an NAIA Opening Round bye due to earning the host berth of the national championship final site in Delray Beach, Fla.
The 15 NAIA Opening Round winners will join Keiser in the Sunshine State for national championship final site action. The 16-team single-elimination event runs from Nov. 28 – Dec. 3 at the Seacrest Soccer Complex.
This year’s opening round field includes 24 automatic qualifiers, six at-large selections and one host berth. Automatic berths were given to teams that either won their respective conference tournament title, regular-season championship or finished runner-up during the regular season or at the conference tournament. The at-large bids were determined by the final installment of the Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) announced Monday. The MRPI can be found HERE. All win/loss/tie records for NAIA schools are through regular-season games played.
The NAIA Network – the association’s official video streaming home – will broadcast all 15 matches live at the 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site in Delray Beach, Fla. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-championship tournament package is available at $29.95. For more information and the pre-register, click HERE
• No. 1 seed Hastings (Neb.) is making its 12th national championship appearance and eighth trip in the last nine years. The Broncos stand 18-8-3 all-time in the postseason and won the 2010 NAIA National Championship.
• This marks the second time Hastings earned the top seed in the championship. A year after winning the national title, the Broncos claimed the No. 1 seed in the 2011 event – Hastings finished with a second-place finish that year. Since 2000, only four top seeds have won the title, including last year’s winner Rio Grande (Ohio).
• Defending national champion Rio Grande is searching to become the first repeat titlist since Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) did so in 2000-01. The RedStorm are making their 16th-straight and overall championship trip with two titles in their possession.
• No. 3 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan enters the postseason with an 18-1-1 mark. The Eagles held the No. 1 ranking in all eight regular-season editions of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll. In its last outing on Nov. 9, Oklahoma Wesleyan had its 34-match undefeated streak snapped. That mark was the fourth-longest in the NAIA record book.
• Rio Grande, which won its second overall red banner last year, has posted the most championship wins of all 2016 qualifiers with a 28-11-2 mark.
• Hastings and William Carey (Miss.) join Rio Grande as the only qualifiers to tally 10-or-more postseason victories.
• Three qualifiers bring with them a previous national championship title: Davenport (Mich.) (1), Hastings (1) and Rio Grande (2).
• There are four newcomers that will compete in the opening round: Friends (Kan.), LSU Alexandria (La.), Purdue Northwest (Ind.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas). Last year, there were 10 rookies appearing in the event.
• Besides the newcomers, John Brown (Ark.) is snapping the longest national championship drought. The 18th-seeded Eagles lost by a 3-1 score to No. 15-seed Virginia Intermont in the 2003 event.
• Thirteen teams from the 2015 opening round are back in this year’s event.
• The Heart of America Athletic Conference and The Sun Conference land the most representatives in the field with three programs each.
• Rio Grande is the only team in NAIA postseason history to serve as Opening Round host all eight years, since the format began in 2008. This year will mark the ninth overall time the RedStorm will host on Nov. 19.
• Rio Grande is a perfect 8-0-0 in Opening Round matches and will welcome St. Thomas (Fla.) to Rio Grande, Ohio.
• Hastings leads all qualifiers with 20 wins on the season. Corban (Ore.) is next with a 19-2-0 mark.
• Campbellsville (Ky.) owns a 34-match overall undefeated streak as the Tigers are 29-0-5 since September of 2015. The streak by the Tigers (15-0-3) is fourth-longest in NAIA history – the next longest is a 41-gamer done by Hastings during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.
2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Qualifiers
|School||Qualification||Season Record^||Apps*||Record||Last Time||Titles|
|Baker (Kan.)||At-Large No. 3||13-4-2||9th||6-7-1||2015||0|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||At-Large No. 2||16-2-3||4th||1-3-0||2013||0|
|Campbellsville (Ky.)||Mid-South Tournament Champion||15-0-3||2nd||1-0-1||2015||0|
|Columbia (Mo.)||American Midwest Tournament Champion||12-6-2||6th||3-5-1||2015||0|
|Corban (Ore.)||Cascade Collegiate Tournament Champion||19-2-0||4th||0-3-0||2015||0|
|Davenport (Mich.)||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Runner-Up||17-2-2||5th||5-3-2||2015||1|
|Friends (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion||6-14-1||1st||0-0-0||--||0|
|Georgia Gwinnett||Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion||13-3-3||3rd||0-2-0||2014||0|
|Grand View (Iowa)||Heart of America Athletic Tournament Champion||13-6-2||11th||8-10-0||2014||0|
|Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)||American Midwest Regular-Season Champion||12-4-3||4th||2-2-2||2012||0|
|Hastings (Neb.)||Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion||20-0-0||12th||18-8-3||2014||1|
|John Brown (Ark.)||At-Large No. 5||13-3-2||5th||1-4-1||2003||0|
|Keiser (Fla.)||Final Site Host Berth||8-5-5||4th||2-2-2||2014||0|
|LSU Alexandria (La.)||Red River Athletic Tournament Champion||11-8-1||1st||0-0-0||--||0|
|Marymount (Calif.)||California Pacific Tournament Champion||16-2-1||3rd||3-1-1||2015||0|
|Menlo (Calif.)||Golden State Athletic Tournament Champion||15-4-1||2nd||0-1-0||2011||0|
|MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||Heart of America Athletic Regular-Season Champion||15-3-1||7th||8-6-3||2015||0|
|Midland (Neb.)||At-Large No. 6||16-3-1||3rd||0-2-0||2013||0|
|Northwestern Ohio||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Champion||17-1-3||3rd||2-2-1||2015||0|
|Oklahoma Wesleyan||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Regular-Season Champion||18-1-1||6th||3-4-1||2015||0|
|Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Regular-Season Champion||16-3-2||5th||1-2-2||2014||0|
|Purdue Northwest (Ind.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Regular-Season Runner-Up||11-5-4||1st||0-0-0||--||0|
|Rio Grande (Ohio)||River States Tournament Champion||18-1-1||16th||28-11-2||2015||2|
|Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||Cascade Collegiate Regular-Season Champion||13-4-2||5th||0-4-2||2015||0|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Crossroads Tournament Champion||14-3-4||5th||3-7-0||2012||0|
|St. Thomas (Fla.)||The Sun Tournament Champion||9-6-2||2nd||0-1-0||2010||0|
|Thomas (Ga.)||At-Large No. 4||14-3-2||3rd||0-1-1||2014||0|
|Union (Ky.)||Appalachian Athletic Tournament Champion||18-2-1||2nd||1-1-0||2015||0|
|Wayland Baptist (Texas)||Sooner Athletic Tournament Champion||14-3-3||1st||0-0-0||--||0|
|William Carey Miss.)||Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion||15-2-1||10th||10-11-2||2011||0|
|WVU Tech (W.Va.)||At-Large No. 1||16-2-2||2nd||0-1-0||2015||0|
Opening Round Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 19 | Campus Sites
Match 1 – Friends (Kan.) (6-14-1) at No. 1 Hastings (Neb.) (20-0-0)
Match 2 – Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (13-4-2) at No. 16 Marymount California (16-2-1)
Match 3 – Wayland Baptist (Texas) (14-3-3) at No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (15-3-1)
Match 4 – Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (16-3-2) at No. 8 WVU Tech (W.Va.) (16-2-2)
Match 5 – Grand View (Iowa) (13-6-2) at No. 12 Campbellsville (Ky.) (15-0-3)
Match 6 – Georgia Gwinnett (13-3-3) at No. 13 Thomas (Ga.) (14-3-2)
Match 7 – Columbia (Mo.) (12-6-2) at No. 4 Northwestern Ohio (17-1-3)
Match 8 – St. Thomas (Fla.) (9-6-2) at No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio) (18-1-1)
Match 9 – Menlo (Calif.) (15-4-1) at No. 15 Corban (Ore.) (19-2-0)
Match 10 – Spring Arbor (Mich.) (14-3-4) at No. 10 Bryan (Tenn.) (16-2-3)
Match 11 – Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) (12-4-3) at No. 7 Union (Ky.) (18-2-1)
Match 12 – Purdue Northwest (Ind.) (11-5-4) at No. 6 Davenport (Mich.) (17-2-2)
Match 13 – Midland (Neb.) (16-3-1) at No. 11 Baker (Kan.) (13-4-2)
Match 14 – John Brown (Ark.) (13-3-2) at No. 14 William Carey (Miss.) (15-2-1)
Match 15 – LSU Alexandria (La.) (11-8-1) at No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan (18-1-1)
For more information on the 2016 NAIA¬ Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round and final site, click here.
^ Record taken from school’s DakStats page
* Championship information includes 2016 event