Mon, Nov. 12, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
For the third consecutive season, the Kansas Wesleyan Men's Soccer team will host a NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round match and this season the Coyotes will host Olivet Nazarene on Saturday at 1 p.m., at Salina Stadium.
Saturday's match will be the first ever meeting between the teams as the Coyotes enter the season ranked No. 8 in the final NAIA Men's Soccer Top 25 Coaches' Poll, while Olivet Nazarene is unseeded in the field of 32 teams that earned berths in the NAIA National Championships.
The Tigers are 13-4-4 overall and are making their first appearance in the NAIA National Championships since the 2009 season. Olivet Nazarene qualified for the NAIA National Championships by winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in a penalty kick shootout after tying Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) 0-0 after two overtimes.
Michael Da Silva leads Olivet Nazarene with 12 goals, while Logan Engelkes leads the Tigers with seven assists. The Tigers outscored their opponents 44-20 on the season. Zach Chambers is the Tigers' top goal keeper, with a .99 goals against average in 1540 minutes between the pipes.
Kansas Wesleyan is 16-2-2 overall and reached the National Championships by winning its third straight KCAC Tournament Championship in a 4-2 decision over Tabor College. The Coyotes also won the KCAC Regular Season title with an unblemished 9-0 record. Wesleyan has outscored its opponents 53-27 on the season and is led in scoring by Javier Cervantes with 12 goals. Three different players share the team lead in assists with five each.
The winner of Saturday's match advances to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Final Site which is held at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala., from November 26 to December 1. The winner will face the winner of the Opening Round match between seventh seeded MidAmerica Nazarene and Oklahoma Baptist on November 27 at 6:30 p.m.