NCAA Men's Soccer Final Four Preview

NCAA Men's Soccer Final Four Preview

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  • Friday, Nov. 30 @ 11:00 AM (ET) – University of Chicago vs. Calvin College
  • Friday, Nov. 30 @ 1:30 PM (ET) – Tufts University vs. University of Rochester
  • Saturday, Dec. 1 @ 2:30 PM (ET) – NCAA Championship Match
    • Location: Greensboro, N.C.

 

No. 3 UChicago Maroons

  • Season record: 18-2-1 overall / 6-1 UAA (University Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 10
  • NCAA postseason record: 12-5-6
  • Best NCAA result: Semifinals (1996, 2017, 2018)
  • How They Qualified: UAA Champions (automatic bid)
  • Top PlayersMax Lopez (F, Sr.) – 16 goals, 6 assists / Matthew Koh (F, Sr.) – 14 goals, 8 assists / Dayo Adeosun (M/F, Jr.) – 5 goals, 5 assists / Aaron Katsimpalis (GK, So.) – 0.62 goals against average, 11 shutouts
  • National stat rankings: 2.24 goals per game (71st) / .610 goals against average (21st)
  • Notes: Dramatic finishes have propelled this year's playoff run, with the Maroons scoring all of their goals in the 73rd minute or later ... UChicago bested No. 5-ranked Trinity University (Texas) and No. 13-ranked Luther College to claim its semifinal spot, with Lopez scoring all three goals in the sectional ... Last season, the Maroons reached the NCAA semifinals for the second time in team history, ultimately bowing out on penalty kicks. They also defeated Calvin College 2-0 in the Round of 16 ... Senior forwards Lopez and Koh have combined for 86 goals and 58 assists in their four years on the team ... Katsimpalis ranks sixth in the country with 11 shutouts. Lopez is ranked 22nd in points (38).

 

No. 4 Calvin College Knights

  • Season record: 21-1 overall / 7-0 MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 17
  • NCAA postseason record: 28-14-8
  • Best NCAA result: National Runner-up (2009, 2011, 2016)
  • How They Qualified: MIAA Champions (automatic bid)
  • Top Players: Bobby McCaw (F, Sr.) – 20 goals, 12 assists / Jacob Witte (M, Sr.) – 17 goals, 8 assists / Ian Adams (M, Jr.) – 5 goals, 16 assists
  • National stat rankings: 4.14 goals per game (1st) / .504 goals against average (9th)
  • Notes: Calvin's only loss this season came in a 1-0 home defeat to UChicago on Sept. 22 ... All but three of the Knights' 21 victories have come by at least two goals ... The Knights have qualified for the semifinals three times in the past four years ... McCaw's goal and assist totals place him fourth nationally in total points (52) ... Nationally, the Knights rank first in the nation in goals and assists, second in corner kicks (7.91 per game) and fourth in shots per game (22.0) ... Ian Adams' 16 assists are the second-most in NCAA Division III ... Calvin trailed 1-0 in its quarterfinal match at Case Western Reserve University, but scored three unanswered goals to win.

 

No. 2 Tufts University Jumbos

  • Season record: 16-0-3 overall / 8-0-2 NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference)
  • NCAA appearances: 8
  • NCAA postseason record: 19-5-2
  • Best NCAA result: National Champions (2014, 2016)
  • How They Qualified: Pool C at-large bid
  • Top Players: Connor Mieth (GK, Sr.) – 0.47 goals against average, 9 shutouts / Joe Braun (F, Jr.) – 9 goals, 4 assists / Brett Rojas (M, Jr.) – 2 goals, 9 assists
  • National stat rankings: 2.16 goals per game (85th) / .454 goals against average (6th)
  • Notes:  Tufts boasts the only unbeaten record in NCAA Division III, but did not advance past the NESCAC quarterfinal, falling to Colby College on penalty kicks after a scoreless match ... More than half of the Jumbos' wins have come by one-goal margins, as the team has totaled 12 shutouts this season ... Tufts is third nationally in corner kicks (7.74 per game) ... The Jumbos have won the national championship in two of the previous four seasons, including a 1-0 double overtime victory against Calvin in 2016 ... The defense have only allowed two goals in the past 12 NCAA postseason games.

 

No. 9 University of Rochester Yellowjackets

  • Season record: 16-2-2 overall / 3-2-2 UAA (University Athletic Association)
  • NCAA appearances: 19
  • NCAA postseason record: 17-14-4
  • Best NCAA result: Semifinals (2018)
  • How They Qualified: Pool C at-large bid
  • Top Players: Bryce Ikeda (M, Sr.) – 7 goals, 6 assists / Patrick Conway (GK, Sr.) – 0.62 goals against average, 10 shutouts / Josh Cooley (M, Jr.) – 6 goals
  • National stat rankings: 1.85 goals per game (136th) / .575 goals against average (18th)
  • Notes: A 2-1 win over top-ranked Messiah College advanced Rochester to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history, with an 82nd-minute own goal deciding the match ... Six Rochester matches went to overtime during the regular season, with the Yellowjackets going 2-1-2 in those contests ... UChicago dealt Rochester one of its two losses with a last-minute goal on Sept. 29 ... Leading scorer Bryce Ikeda has converted all three of his penalty kicks this season ... The Yellowjackets have tied the school record for wins in a season that was set in 2005.