MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (Bracket) Three of the top-four seeds advanced yesterday in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship, presented by Carrabba's Italian Grill. The event is played at the Emory Folmar Soccer Complex and co-hosted by the Central Alabama Sports Commission and the Southern States Athletic Conference, November 26 through December 1.
The No. 3 Eagles (19-2-1) are set to play No. 11 Mobile (Ala.) (15-4-2) who defeated No. 6 Columbia (Mo.) (14-2-6), 2-1, today. The game is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28 at 11:30 AM PST. In the yesterday's biggest blowout, No. 3 Concordia (Calif.) took down No. 14 Ashford (Iowa), 4-0. The win in shutout fashion was the Eagles sixth-straight on the year dating back to Oct. 24. Four different Eagles scored and Christian Ramirez notched two assists. William Prado kicked home the game-winner in the 13th minute. Ashford was playing in its first-ever National Championship Second Round.
After the 4-0 win over Ashford (Iowa), Concordia (Calif.) tied a school record with its 19th season win - the record ties the 2007 team that took a runner-up finish in the National Championship. Concordia (Calif.), the No. 3 seed, became the fourth-consecutive such seed to win its Second Round game. Concordia is making its fifth appearance in the National Tournament and is 5-3-1 all-time.
Mobile is making its 16th all-time appearance in the NAIA National Championship. They are 23-14-2 all-time and won the National Championship in 2002 in Bowling Green, KY with a 2-1 win over Park (MO.). They are the Southern States Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions and also advanced to the National Tournament last season.
Concordia, 12-0 at home this year, are now at a neutral site, where they are 2-1 this season. Concordia, the 2012 GSAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, are the lone GSAC representative in the 2012 NAIA Tournament. CU is first in the NAIA in shutouts (13), fourth in assists (66), sixth in assists per game (3), sixth in goals (74), and 12th in goals per game (3.36). They lead the GSAC in goals/game, assists/game, shots/game (17.75), shots on goal/game (8.9), and goals allowed/game (.70).
Concordia is 1-0 all-time against the Rams. Concordia won 2-1 in Mobile, AL in head coach Chris Gould's first season in 2009 in preseason play.
The Rams are 10th in the NAIA in assists (50), 11th in assists per game (2.5), 15th in goals (61), 18th in goals per game (3.05), 19th in shutouts (7), and 43rd in shots/game (8.1).
Concordia won their third GSAC Regular Season Championship and first GSAC Tournament Championship in 2012. Senior Christian Ramirez is seventh in the nation and first in the GSAC in goals with 22. Junior keeper Julio Trejo is second in the nation allowing only .59 goals per game, and is the only GSAC goalkeeper who allowed less than one goal per game. Senior William Prado is 11th in the nation in assists (12) and 26th in assists per game (.55). Ramirez is eighth in the NAIA in total points (50) and 14th in goals per game (1). Junior Neil Anaya is 17th in the NAIA in assists with 11. Ramirez and Prado are first and second in the GSAC in points with 50 and 40, respectively. Prado is fifth in the conference with 11 goals. Prado and Anaya are first and second in the conference in assists with 12 and 11, respectively. Senior Jose Tamayo is seventh in assists with five.
Ramirez broke the single-season school goal record with 22 and Prado is the career leader at the school in assists with 30 in less than two years. Head coach Chris Gould is in his fourth season and is making his first trip to the National Tournament with his men's squad. This year's 9-1 conference record is the best in school history.
Gaetan Massiah, First Team All-SSAC, is 17th in the nation in assists (11), 26th in assists per game (.55), 39th in points (35), and 50th in points/game (1.75). Goalkeeper, Xavier Audergon, Second Team All-SSAC, is 31st in the NAIA in goals against per game (1.04). Stephen Okai, First Team All-SSAC, is 47th in the country in assists (8). Defender Christopher Dillon was chosen First Team All-SSAC. Second Team All-SSAC forward Alvaro Pichardo and Second Team All-SSAC midfielder Naissim Ayadi are eighth in the conference with 1.59 points/game.
Roy Patton began his second season at the University of Mobile after posting a 16-3-1 record last season and leading the team to the NAIA National Tournament.
In the final regular season edition of the 2012 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, tied at No. 4 with Science & Arts, Concordia (Calif.) won the Golden State Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, November 10, with a 3-0 victory over San Diego Christian. The Drovers and Eagles each captured 444 points in the poll. The Eagles have been ranked in the top-10 for 10 straight weeks. Mobile is ranked No. 7 in the poll and No. 11 in the MRPI.
The No. 4 Eagles are No. 3 in the latest MRPI Rankings and are the lone representative of the GSAC in the 32-team field. The MRPI consists of the team's modified winning percentage, their opponents' 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, please click here.
The University of Mobile is an American four-year, private, Baptist-affiliated university in Mobile, Alabama. The master's-level university has an enrollment of 1,577.
NeuLion, the NAIA's official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all matches of the 2012 Men's Soccer National Championship final site in Montgomery, Ala. 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.