DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Sporting Alert – Top seed Hastings (Neb.) was one of the teams that secured quarterfinal slots during the first day of action at the 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship on Monday.
The tournament is being co-hosted by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Keiser University (Fla.) for the second-straight year at Hilltopper Stadium.
Hastings (21-0-1) outlasted No. 16 seed Marymount California (17-2-2) 5-4 in penalty kicks after the two sides ended 2-2 in regulation and overtime.
The Broncos took the lead twice through Daniel Linstead and Marc Tautz in the 9th and 65th minutes, but Marymount California replied with two goals from Enrique Amador and Kevin Fredriksson to send the contest into overtime.
“We were doing everything right and when we got the second gold we were dominating with exception of the set piece goal and that was the difference,” Hastings coach Aaron Champenoy said on the school’s official athletics website.
In the shootout, the Hastings scored on all five of its kicks, while the Mariners missed one of their kicks.
“In a shootout, all you need is a save or a miss,” Champenoy added.
The Broncos, who remained undefeated this season, advanced to the quarterfinals for a seventh time and will next take on West Virginia Tech in the second round on Wednesday with the kick-off set for 11:00 a.m. ET.
West Virginia Tech booked it spot with a 2-1 victory over No. 9 seed MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.).
Prince Idornigie and Ignacio Tellechea scored the goals for the No. 8 seeded Golden Bears (18-2-2), who were winning for the first time at the final site in program history.
Francisco Neto picking up both assists for WVU Tech, which now moves him to 12 helpers on the term.
MidAmerica Nazarene (16-4-1) pulled a goal back through Tanner Hunjak from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute.
In other 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship scores on day one on Monday, unseeded Grand View knocked off No. 5 seed and host Keiser University 3-0 in their opening game at the final site.
Dalton Ireland scored a brace and Sam Blackman added another for the Vikings (15-6-2), who advanced to face the University of Northwestern Ohio in the second quarterfinal on Wednesday, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET.
No. 4 Northwestern Ohio (19-1-3) secured its place in the last 8 with a 1-0 victory over No. 13 Thomas (Ga.) (15-4-2), with Carlos Monterrey picking the right time to score his first goal of the season.
The 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship continues on Tuesday with four more games including the clash between No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan (19-1-1) vs. No. 14 William Carey (16-2-1).
No. 8 WVU Tech (W.Va.) (18-2-2) 2-1 def. No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (16-4-1)
No. 1 Hastings (Neb.) (21-0-1) 2-2 tied No. 16 Marymount California (17-2-2), 2-2; Hastings advances on PKs, 5-4
No. 4 Northwestern Ohio (19-1-3) 1-0 def. No. 13 Thomas (Ga.) (15-4-2)
Grand View (Iowa) (15-6-2) 3-0 def. No. 5 Keiser (Fla.) (8-6-4)
Information about the 2016 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site: Complete, brackets, game time and Scores.