Menís Soccer to Face Two Ranked Squads in Kansas
The University of Sioux Falls men’s soccer team (0-1) is set to travel to the Sunflower State this weekend to compete in the Fort Hays State University Soccer Classic. The Cougars will face the host Tigers (2-0) on Friday night (8 p.m.) and wrap up the weekend with a Sunday match against Northeastern State (2-0).
All matches will be played at FHSU Soccer Stadium on the campus of Fort Hays State.
The event will be very competitive, as Fort Hays State enters weekend action ranked No. 13 in the most recent NSCAA Top 25 Poll, and Northeastern State is No. 20 in the nation.
USF opened the 2012 campaign with a 6-1 home loss to William Jewell College.
Of the Cardinals’ nine shots on goals, six found the back of the net. The visitors also held a 19-11 edge in total shots and had eight corner kicks to USF’s four set pieces.
Senior midfielder Connor Shefte netted the Cougars’ lone tally against William Jewell. The Cougars tied the match in the 13th minute as Juan Duque Delgado sent the ball into the box and Shefte was there, waiting to head it home into the left side of the net. Shefte was the team leader a year ago in goals (7) and points (16).
Scouting the Tigers
The Fort Hays State men's soccer team jumped into the national rankings after beginning its season 2-0 with a road win at Colorado Christian and a neutral site win against South Dakota School of Mines. The Tigers enter the national rankings for the first time in their young program history at No. 13 in the first regular season poll. The Tigers received votes in the preseason rankings.
The Tigers were close to breaking into the rankings in the program's first year of 2011, reaching the receiving votes section, however they never broke into the top 25.
Fort Hays State is also the top ranked team in the NSCAA Central Region rankings.
The Tigers are led by the front-line tandem of senior Tomas Mares and redshirt junior Daniel Peralta. The former Northwest Oklahoma College teammates have netted two goals apiece and each has recorded a game-winning tally this season.
The Tigers have outscored their opponents 7-3 this season and average 14 shots per game. FHSU holds a 12-9 edge in corner kicks over opponents and has posted nine saves in two games.
Did You Know?
The Fort Hays men’s soccer team is in just its second year of existence and posted an overall record of 11-5-2 in their inaugural season.
The Cougars have seen, but never faced Fort Hays State. The Tigers competed last November in the USF Classic, but did not face the host Cougars. FHSU shut out the University of Winnipeg 5-0 because falling by a score of 2-1 to then no. 1 ranked Simon Fraser University.
Tigers of Different Stripes: seven states are represented on the FHSU men’s roster; Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona and Minnesota. The Tigers also have four players that hail from Paraguay, Liberia and Brazil.
Checking in on Northeastern State
The Northeastern State men’s soccer team vaulted to No. 20 in the nation in the most recent NSCAA national rankings.
The RiverHawks (2-0) spent this past weekend in St. Louis, Mo., earning victories over the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2-0) and Maryville University (1-0).
NSU was receiving votes in the preseason polls, but the team jumped into the top 20 following its successful start to the 2012 campaign.
Northeastern State was ranked on three occasions last year, earning a season-best mark of No. 14 on Sept. 13. NSU was also ranked No. 15 (Oct. 4) and No. 19 (Sept. 27.).
NSU has spread the wealth throughout their first two matches. Three different Riverhawks (senior Bo White, sophomore Juan Peralta and senior Henry Wildenborg) have accounted for the team’s three goals and nine players total have recorded at least one shot on goal.
The Riverhawks have dominated their opponents on the offensive side of the pitch. NSU holds a 26-11 edge in shots on goal and has a 13-4 edge in corner kicks.
NSU senior goalkeeper Jordan Ladbrooke was named the MIAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week Sept. 4 after he helped lead the River- Hawks to a 2-0 start to the season. Ladbrooke was the first men’s soccer player to earn a weekly accolade from the MIAA in 14 years, as the conference has not sponsored the sport since 1998. Ladbrooke also became the first student-athlete from Northeastern State to earn player of the week honors from the MIAA, as the school is currently in its first season as members of the league.
Did You Know?
The RiverHawks are entering their first season as members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Assocation, and the theme for the inaugural year in its new home is “Making a Splash in the MIAA”. NSU was an independent last season after spending 16 years in the Lone Star Conference. The MIAA is sponsoring men’s soccer for the first time in 14 years, and the eight teams who com- prise the league are Fort Hays State, Harding, Lindenwood, North- eastern State, Southern Nazarene, Southwest Baptist, Truman State, and Upper Iowa.