University of Missouri Women, UMKC and Park university men all won their first round games on Friday.
Missouri 2 – 0 Evansville
Michelle Collins and Candace Ruff each scored a goal in the first half to give Missouri a first-round victory over Evansville and send them through to Sunday’s regional championship game. Mizzou totaled 28 shots on the night, 16 of them in the first half. With the win the Missouri women will advance to the regional championship match on Sunday (Nov. 16). The Tigers will face the University of Illinois who earned their spot in the title game by defeating Memphis, 1-0, in double overtime. Sunday's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. CST in Walton Stadium. The NCAA has awarded video streaming rights to the University of Missouri, allowing the Mizzou Athletic Department to stream this weekend's matches worldwide. The free stream, which will include a manned camera following the action from Walton Stadium, may be found on Mizzou's NCAA Soccer Central page.
UMKC 1 – 0 Western Illinois
Sophomore keeper Ken Cooper made 9 saves as the Roos were outshot 15 – 9 by Western Illinois. The big hero in the double overtime game was Bryan Perez who would hit paydirt in the 108th minute. A WIU foul 20 yards from goal set up a dangerous free kick opportunity for UMKC. Brian Quintana touched the ball to Perez who onloaded a low shot for the game winner.
The Kangaroos will face regular-season champion and top seed Oakland in the championship match on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT) with live stats (free) and streaming video (fee) available at the tournament website.
Park University 2 – 0 Westminster College
Senior James Katajwa provided both goals as the Pirates fought through rain, wind and below freezing wind chill to defeat the Westminster Griffons. Both goals came in the second half as Park out shot their opponents 10 – 6.
With two goals from senior James Katajwa, the Park University men’s soccer team withstood the cold and rain to defeat Westminster College (Utah), 2-0, Friday night.
Host school Bellevue University also won its game on Friday by a score of 1-0. The Bruins took down the University of Great Falls (Mont.) in overtime. The Pirates and Bruins will play Saturday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m. at Tranquility Park in Omaha for the championship of the National Qualifying Tournament. The winner of the match tomorrow will earn an automatic bid into the First Round of the NAIA National Tournament.
More UMKC news…
With 11 goals and four assists during the regular season, UMKC men's soccer player Brian Harris was named The Summit League Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday. Harris, a senior forward collected the Offensive Player of the Year award after leading The Summit League in goals and points (26). His 0.65 goals per game are good for 26th in the nation and his 1.53 points per game rank him 27th. The Edwardsville, Ill., native received the league’s offensive player of the week award on three separate occasions and recorded a hat trick earlier this season helping UMKC defeat league foe Oral Roberts. Harris was also named to the All-League First Team for his exceptional offensive efforts this season.