WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The Sabercats' Men's Soccer team is seeded #2 for next weekend's NCCAA North Region Tournament, and this year's tournament is wide open.
Maranatha will open play in the semifinal at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 8 against the winner of #3 Moody Bible Institute and #6 Emmaus Bible College. The winner of the semifinal will advance to play for the NCCAA North Region title on Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. All games will be held at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.
The winner of the North Regional Tournament will earn a berth at the 2019 NCCAA DII National Tournament held November 19-23 in Kissimmee, Florida.
New this year, the seedings are determined based on the new NCCAA Power Rating System, which ranks teams based on win/loss record and strength of schedule.
Here's a brief overview of the six-team field:
|Seed||Location||Record||Power Rating||2018 Finish|
|#1 Providence||Manitoba, Canada||6-5-1||3.604||Runner-Up|
|#2 Maranatha||Watertown, Wis.||8-6-2||2.484||Semifinal|
|#3 Moody||Chicago, Ill.||7-6-0||1.962||Semifinal|
|#4 Faith||Ankeny, Iowa||8-10-0||1.444||1st Round|
|#5 Calvary||Kansas City, Mo.||4-9-0||0.942||DNP|
|#6 Emmaus||Dubuque, Iowa||2-11-1||0.143||1st Round|
As one of the top two seeds Sabercats will have the advantage of only having to play two games in a row if they advance to the regional championship.
So far this year, the Sabercats have beaten Faith (4-0, 4-1) and Emmaus (2-1, 3-1) but fell to Moody 1-0 in Chicago.