WPU takes on Milligan Thursday

OSKALOOSA — With great help from a challenging schedule, the Statesmen men's soccer team advanced to postseason play as the qualifiers for NAIA National Championship Opening Round were announced Monday.

WPU (12-7) received an at-large bid and will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. to compete in the Fort Wayne Bracket. The Statesmen, who are 0-2 all-time at nationals, are the No. 3 seed and will meet No. 2 seed Milligan (Tenn.) (15-2-1) on Thursday at 3 p.m.

The winner of that matchup will take on the winner of Thursday’s No. 1 seed Indiana Tech/No. 4 seed Warner Pacific (Ore.) matchup on Saturday at 12 p.m. All games will be played at Warrior Athletic Field.

There are 10 four-team Opening Round tournaments. The winner of each will advance to the Final Site in Decatur, Ala. from Nov. 30-Dec. 6.

Thursday and Saturday's games will be broadcast by Indiana Tech at https://www.youtube.com/intechwarriors, while live stats will be available at https://indianatechwarriors.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary

William Penn

Simon Brown, in his second season (current record of 24-16), is leading WPU to its third-ever trip to nationals.

William Penn is led by second-team all-Heart of America Athletic Conference performers Kenedy Deviska (Sr., Pignon, Haiti, Wellness and Recreation), Luke Andrews (Sr., Andover, England, Sports Management), and Aaron Keita (Sr., Monrovia, Liberia, Computer Science). Deviska has scored 11 goals with five assists, while Gianmarco Centrella (Jr., Rome, Italy, Business Management) holds the team lead with 12 goals.

The Statesmen have outscored their opposition 48-24 with goalkeeper Harry Nash (Jr., Basingstoke, England, Sports Management) posting a 7-2 record with a 1.06 Goals Allowed Average.

WPU enters nationals having won seven of its last eight contests; its only loss came to fellow national qualifier Grand View in the Heart Quarterfinals. WPU, which is one of five representatives from the Heart in the tournament field, is 3-5 against national-qualifying teams this year.


David Lilly, in his fourth year, will be leading the Buffaloes to nationals for the third time in their history. Milligan, which is one of four representatives from the Appalachian Athletic Conference, earned at an-large bid to nationals.

Milligan recorded eight all-AAC honors, including six first-teamers. Jett Carter leads the team with 14 goals, while Charlie Betts has 10 goals and eight assists. Goalkeeper Jan Kuepper is 14-2-1 with a 0.52 Goals Against Average.

The Buffaloes are 6-0-1 in their last seven games (lost in penalty kicks in the conference quarterfinals). They have outscored opponents 75-10 this fall and have posted 11 shutouts.

Indiana Tech

David Bokhart, who has served as interim head coach this season, will be leading the Warriors to their fifth national tournament. The Warriors are the only representatives from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in the national tournament field.

Maxwell Amoako leads the team after being named WHAC Offensive Player of the Year, while Will Harris was chosen as WHAC Defensive Player of the Year. Indiana Tech collected six first-team honorees with 11 total players recognized. Amoako leads the team with 18 goals and three assists, while goalkeeper Jaume Salvado is 14-1-3 with a 0.53 Goals Against Average.

Indiana Tech (16-1-3), which has not lost since Sept. 9, has outscored its opposition 55-10. The Warriors have recorded 12 shutouts in 2021.

Warner Pacific

Troy Ready, in his fourth season, will be leading the Knights to their fifth-ever trip to nationals.

Warner Pacific (16-3-2) had eight players earn all-Cascade Collegiate Conference honors, including three first-teamers. Arturo Bahena, who was named CCC Offensive Player of the Year, leads the team with 15 goals and nine assists. Alexis Calderilla-Hurtado is 11-2-1 with a 0.61 Goals Against Average.

The Knights, who earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning the CCC regular season title, have outscored opponents 52-17 and have tallied nine shutouts.

The other WPU is 9-1-2 over its last 12 games entering nationals. The Knights are one of two programs from the CCC in the tournament field.

Other nationals information is also available at https://www.naia.org/sports/msoc/index

Trending Video

Recommended for you