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No.1 LWC Men's Soccer Team hosts 1st Round of National playoffs

No. 2 seed LWC Men's Soccer hosts Roberts Wesleyan in opening round at Walter S. Reuling Stadium, 151 Holloway Drive, Columbia, KY on Saturday, November 19, 2011, time to be announced

By Dan White, Assistant Sports Information Director
News from Lindsey Wilson College Athletics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the only undefeated team in the field and being ranked No. 1 in the final NAIA Coaches' Top-25 Poll of the season, the Lindsey Wilson College men's soccer team received the No. 2 seed in the NAIA National Tournament and will host Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College on Saturday, November 19, 2011, in opening-round play at Walter S. Reuling Stadium. A time for Saturday's game has not been set and will be released by Lindsey Wilson on Monday.

The Blue Raiders qualified for the NAIA Tournament by winning the Mid-South Conference Tournament championship with a 2-1 win against the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) last week.

Roberts Wesleyan (11-9-1) earned its spot in the field with a win in tournament play consisting of a group of unaffiliated programs from the American Mideast, Gulf Coast and Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic conferences. The Raiders topped Asbury (Ky.) University 3-2 in the final to earn its first NAIA berth since 2000.

Roberts Wesleyan is 2-7-0 all time in the NAIA Tournament, while Lindsey Wilson is 40-10-4 and is making its 18th straight appearance in the field. The Blue Raiders have won eight national championships with the last coming in 2009 and have never lost in the championship game.

The national championship opening round comprises of 30 teams playing at 15 on-campus sites on Saturday. The winners, as well as Mobile (AL) University which is serving as host, will advance to the final site from November 28 - December 3, 2011 in Orange Beach, AL.

This year's 31 teams include 24 automatic qualifiers and seven at-large bids, which were determined based on the final official NAIA Men's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI).No. 1 seed and defending national champion Hastings (NE) University will host first-time qualifier Mount Mercy (Iowa). With a 20-1-0 record, the Broncos own the most wins in the NAIA and are 2-0-1 when hosting the Opening Round.

Lindsey Wilson (18-0-0) is 3-0-0 all time against Roberts Wesleyan with the last win coming on Sept. 12, 2009.

Saturday's winner will advance to play either Biola (CA) University or No. 15 seed Hannibal-LaGrange (MO) University in Orange Beach at 2:30pmCT on Monday, November 28, 2011.

This story was posted on 2011-11-14 03:59:08
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