Semifinals Set in Columbia County

Semifinals Set in Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. – [Final Site Schedule] [Bracket] The 2020 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Final Site quarterfinals round opened with a double-overtime shootout which advanced No. 4 Missouri Valley into the semifinals over No. 5 Keiser (Fla.) 5-4 in penalty kicks. Three Missouri teams will head into Saturday including No. 1 Central Methodist (Mo.) looking to take home its third consecutive Red Banner.  Both Central Methodist (Mo.) and Columbia College (Mo.) hope to record an eleventh straight win on the season.

 

GAME NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS

No. 4 Missouri Valley ties No. 5 Keiser (Fla.) 2-3, Missouri Valley advances 5-4 on PK's

  • Keiser (Fla.) scored the first two goals of the match. The first occurred late in the 7th minute by Ciro Damine with an assist by Lucas Jacobs. The second shot was scored by Julius Fassbinder who was unassisted in the 20th minute.
  • Missouri Valley recorded its first goal of the day with a header by Ruben Jimenez, assisted by Alaksandar Trujic, early in the 39th minute.
  • A last-second goal in the 87th minute by Kainan Dos Santos, assisted by Kazuki Hashimoto and Luka Gluscevic, sent the game into extra time.
  • The match resulted in two scoreless bouts of overtime which resulted in a shootout. Missouri Valley advanced on PK’s 5-4 to see semifinal competition on Saturday 
  • Missouri Valley was eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2019 but advanced to the Championship game in 2017 and 2018.
  • Keiser has not seen final site competition since 2018 but competed in the opening rounds in 2019 with this year ending its run in the quarterfinal round.

 

No. 1 Central Methodist (Mo.) def. No. 8 Cumberlands (Ky.), 1-0 

  • The lone goal of the game was scored unassisted in the 19th minute by Alessandro Salvadego.
  • Cumberlands (Ky.) posted 11 shots with 1 shot goal while Central Methodist (Mo.) recorded 13 with three on goal. 
  • Central Methodist (Mo.) has won the Red Banner the last two years, 2018, 2019.
  • This is the first time in Cumberlands (Ky.) history that the team has recorded postseason victories and advanced to final site competition.
  • This is the fourth time this season, Central Methodist (Mo.) has only been held to one goal.

 

No. 2 Oklahoma Wesleyan def. No. 10 St. Thomas (Fla.), 2-1 

  • Luka Lukic scored the first goal of the game for the Eagles in the 63rd minute unassisted.
  • In the 70th minute, Kevin Petrmichl also scored an unassisted goal.
  • Fernando Arenzo, with an assist by Joaquin Domber, scored for the Bobcats in the 81st minute.
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan has consecutively qualified for the opening rounds of the tournament since 2011 and final site since 2015.
  • Saint Thomas (Fla.) has qualified for the tournament five times, advancing to the final site twice.
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan recorded four saves on the match, St. Thomas recorded three.

 

No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) def. No. 6 Bellevue, 3-1 

  • Nick Brandt, assisted by Aranda Antonio, scored the first goal quickly in the 5th minute.
  • Brandt then co-assisted the next goal with Petri Maclain in the 9th minute scored by Nathan Durdle.
  • Alex Cuenca, assisted by Zach Robbins, recorded a goal for the Bruins late in the 29th minute.
  • In the 66th minute, Jackson Schrum scored with an assist by Nathan Durdle.
  • Columbia last saw semifinals competition in 2019.
  • Bellevue has not seen final site play since 2015, but competed in the opening round in 2018.
  • This is the first game in the 2020 Championship Tournament with a two-goal difference.
  • Columbia (Mo.) has now won 10 straight matches since losing to Oklahoma Wesleyan in October.

 

Semifinals Schedule | Saturday, May 8, 2021

2:00 p.m. CT – No. 1 William Carey (Miss.) vs. No. 4 Missouri Valley | Live Stats

5:00 p.m. CT – No. 2 Oklahoma Wesleyan vs. No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) | Live Stats

 

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Championship Information

men's soccer

63rd ANNUAL
MEN'S SOCCER

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2021
Jack Allen Soccer Complex
Decatur, Ala.

Opening Rounds
November 18-20, 2021
Campus Sites