Warrior women will get a much-anticipated extension to their post-season following an important National Christian College Athletic Association announcement.
On Nov. 21, the NCCAA formally notified Corban University athletics that the women's soccer team is seeded fifth in the upcoming National Tournament beginning on Dec. 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Warriors will take their 16-4-0 win-loss record to the Sunshine State where Corban will face the tournament's No. 4-seed, Mount Vernon Nazarene, in the final game on Wednesday. The game begins at 7:45 p.m. immediately following the Parade of Champions.
The MVNU Cougars are currently 14-6-0 overall and are the NCCAA East Region champions after defeating Roberts Wesleyan, 2-1, in Rochester, N.Y. on Nov. 20. Under the tutelege of second-year head coach Daniel Seiffert, MVNU is returning to the NCCAA National Tournament after a one year hiatus following a fifth place finish in 2008.
This will be the second time ever that Corban and Mt. Vernon Nazarene have met on the pitch, as the Cougars defeated the Warriors, 3-2, in Salem during the 2007 season. Women’s Soccer Coach and Corban’s Vice-President for Enrollment Management Marty Ziesemer said preparation for the tournament won’t be any different than preparing for NAIA play.
“We would be in the same situation if we were going to the NAIA tournament,” he said. “We will continue to practice, take some of Thanksgiving off and get ready to leave.” The team will leave for Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 29.
This is Corban’s first appearance at the NCCAA National Tournament since 2003, when then-Western Baptist finished fifth overall. The Warriors are 6-4-1 all-time at the NCCAA National Tournament, as then-Western Baptist posted three runner-up finishes in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
The Warriors are guaranteed three games at the NCCAA National Tournament. Corban will face either No. 1-seed Spring Arbor University or No. 8-seed King College on Dec. 2, pending the outcome of its opening game before playing on Championship Saturday, December 4th.
The tournament is an important acknowledgement of Corban’s dominant soccer program and the importance of athletics to the University.
“For the soccer program it allows us to play some quality teams that are also ranked nationally by the NAIA and gives us a chance to jump start the season for next year,” Ziesemer said. “We have a young team as well as a solid senior class that deserve this opportunity from the way they have played all season.”
Stay tuned to GoWarriorsGo.com for the most up-to-date information about Corban's run at the 2010 NCCAA National Tournament.