Tournament runs until Saturday
North Central’s men’s soccer team earned a spot in the NCCAA national tournament in Kissimmee, Florida by winning the North Region championship on Nov. 5.
The tournament begun today and continues through Saturday. The Rams play the Trinity Baptist College Eagles today and will play the Manhattan Christian College Thunder on Friday.
North Central’s athletics department is hosting free tournament viewing parties in the cafeteria aquarium today and Friday during the lunch hour. Students are encouraged to attend and support the team.
The Rams clinched the division championship in a remarkable 2-1 overtime win over the Moody Bible Institute Archers.
The first half of the game ended with the Archers leading the Rams 1-0. The Rams did not give up. The team came together and was able to score in the second half, tying the score 1-1. The score held and forced the game to overtime. North Central needed three overtime shots before Ian Brekhus nailed the game-winning shot in the tenth minute.
The Rams were the number one seed going into the tournament. After a 1-0 win over Maranatha Baptist University, they secured a position in the championship game.
At the beginning of the year, the team set the goal of playing postseason soccer in Florida. They would have preferred playing in the UMAC championship, but these hopes were dashed after a season-ending loss to the University of Wisconsin Superior Yellowjackets.
Even though they are not playing in for the UMAC championship, they are excited to be playing in the NCCAA national tournament. “We are thrilled to be able to represent North Central at the national tournament,” Tyler Maag, a senior captain, said. “It is a great honor.”