2017 Men's Soccer NCAA Final Four Preview

2017 Men's Soccer NCAA Final Four Preview

Game Schedule

  • Friday, Dec. 1 @ 5:00 PM (ET) – Messiah College vs. Brandeis University
  • Friday, Dec. 1 @ 7:30 PM (ET) – University of Chicago vs. North Park University
  • Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 7:00 PM (ET) – NCAA Division III Championship

 

No. 11 UChicago Maroons                                                                                                                             

  • Season record: 19-2-1 overall / 6-1 UAA (University Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 9
  • NCAA postseason record: 9-5-5
  • Best NCAA result: Semifinals (1996, 2017)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 6-2 vs. Lake Forest; W 2-0 vs. Capital; W 2-0 vs. Calvin; T 1-1 vs. Emory
  • Top Scorers: Max Lopez (F, Jr.) – 19 goals, 4 assists / Matthew Koh (F, Jr.) – 10 goals, 11 assists / Dayo Adeosun (F, So.) – 3 goals, 15 assists
  • National stat rankings: 2.68 goals per game (25th) / 0.68 goals-against average (31st)
  • Notes: The Maroons own a 48-1-4 record over the past three years when scoring at least one goal … Dayo Adeosun's 15 assists this year are a new school record and rank second in all of NCAA Division III … UChicago's offense set new school records with 59 goals and 54 assists this year. UAA MVP Max Lopez ranks third in the country with eight game-winning goals.


No. 4 North Park Vikings

  • Season record: 20-1-1 overall / 7-0-1 CCIW (College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin)
  • NCAA appearances: 7
  • NCAA postseason record: 7-2-6
  • Best NCAA result: Semifinals (2017)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 6-1 vs. Wisconsin-Platteville; W 3-0 vs. Washington & Lee; W 1-0 vs. St. Thomas
  • Top Scorers: Carel Kawele (M/F, Jr.) – 15 goals, 6 assists / Peder Nalum Olsen (F, Fr.) – 10 goals, 9 assists / Shatil Khoury (M, Fr.) – 10 goals, 2 assists
  • National stat rankings: 2.95 goals per game (14th) / 0.59 goals-against average (16th)
  • Notes: North Park's offense has scored multiple goals in 18 games this season, and has outscored its three NCAA opponents by a combined margin of 10-1 … Five Vikings have tallied at least 19 points this season … Sophomore midfielder Matias Warp (8 goals, 3 assists) was picked as the CCIW Player of the Year.


No. 9 Messiah Falcons

  • Season record: 22-2 overall / 8-0 MAC (MAC Commonwealth)
  • NCAA appearances: 28
  • NCAA postseason record: 82-15-5
  • Best NCAA result: National Champions (10 times – 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 1-0 vs. Castleton; W 1-0 vs. Hobart; W 3-2 vs. Stevens; W 2-0 vs. Rochester
  • Top Scorers: Kirby Robbins (M, Sr.) – 14 goals, 6 assists / Nick West (M, Jr.) – 14 goals, 5 assists / Colby Thomas (F, Sr.) – 9 goals, 11 assists
  • National stat rankings: 2.38 goals per game (45th) / 0.50 goals-against average (10th)
  • Notes: The Falcons have never lost in a NCAA title game, winning 10 times since the 2000 season … Goalkeeper Connor Bell ranks second in NCAA Division III with 2092 minutes played between the pipes … Seven of Colby Thomas' nine goals this year have been game winners.


No. 19 Brandeis Judges

  • Season record: 17-4 overall / 5-2 UAA (University Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 15
  • NCAA postseason record: 26-12-4
  • Best NCAA result: National Champions (1976)
  • 2017 NCAA Results: W 3-0 vs. Western Connecticut State; W 1-0 vs. Rutgers-Newark; W 1-0 vs. Drew; W 1-0 vs. Tufts (2OT)
  • Top Scorers: Josh Ocel (M, Sr.) – 4 goals, 11 assists / Patrick Flahive (F, Sr.) – 6 goals, 2 assists / Mike Lynch (F, Sr.) – 7 goals
  • National stat rankings: 2.05 goals per game (103rd) / 0.59 goals-against average (19th)
  • Notes: The Judges have shut out five-straight opponents since losing a 1-0 home game to UChicago on Oct. 29 … Josh Ocel's 45 career assists are a school record … In his third year as a starter, goalkeeper Ben Woodhouse set new personal bests with a 0.57 goals against average and an .871 save percentage.