HLGU Postseason Soccer Recap
Friday, December 2, 2011
by Jordan Argo
HANNIBAL, Mo. – For the first time in Hannibal-LaGrange history both the men’s and women’s soccer teams won the American Midwest Conference Tournament and qualified for the NAIA Soccer National Championship Tournament.
“To send not only one soccer team, but both to the national tournament is really special,” commented Athletic Director Jason Nichols. “Both soccer coaches have been here since the establishment of the programs in 1998 so it's quite fulfilling to see their investment over the years produce this kind of success. Furthermore, I feel blessed to have two programs represent the values that HLGU stands for as a Christian institution. To do this on a national platform is a rare opportunity and one we don't take lightly.”
After being named regular season co-champions with Park University, the Lady Trojans defeated Park in the AMC Tournament championship game to advance to the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.
The ladies were paired up with Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) for an opening round contest in Bourbonnais, Ill. on November 19. The contest marked the first time in Hannibal-LaGrange history that the Lady Trojans participated in the NAIA national tournament.
Although the ladies played with great determination and passion, Hannibal-LaGrange fell to Olivet Nazarene 3-1 and was eliminated from the national tournament. The loss finished the Lady Trojans’ season at 12-9.
After wrapping up a perfect regular season conference record, the Hannibal-LaGrange men’s soccer team added an AMC Tournament championship to its regular season conference title. The conference tournament championship win over Park automatically qualified the Trojans for its second trip ever to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.
Hannibal-LaGrange hosted Biola University (Calif.) in its opening round contest on November 19. The Trojans tied the Eagles and advanced to the second round of the national tournament after a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks.
The Trojans faced undefeated Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) in Orange Beach, Ala. on November 28. The contest marked the farthest the Trojans had ever advanced in the NAIA tournament.
With a few breaks going against the Trojans, Lindsey Wilson dashed the national championship hopes from Hannibal-LaGrange in a 2-0 defeat over the Trojans. The loss finished the Trojans’ season at 16-5-1.
Hannibal-LaGrange University is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) institution and a member of the American Midwest Conference.
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