Maryville College Head Men's Soccer Coach Pepe Fernandez will take their 11-match unbeaten streak to their fifth NCAA post-season to challenge Kenyon College (16-1-2) on November 10th in Gambier, Ohio.
The Scots captured their second USA South Athletic Conference tournament title with a 1-0 win over Covenant College to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Maryville (14-3-1) began the season 4-3 with a pair of conference losses while also losing a pair of key strikers on offense to injury.
"We came together at the time with a plan to just play one match at a time. We needed to fight and scrap for each point with the goal of being within the top four in the league to qualify for the conference tournament," stated Coach Fernandez. "The hurricane affected our schedule with six tough conference challenges on the road in October."
The Scots promptly went 8-0-1 with a tie at nationally ranked Emory University to close out the month allowing only five goals over that time frame.
MC marched through the conference tournament with a 2-1 win over LaGrange before thrilling one-goal shutout wins over North Carolina Wesleyan and Covenant to earn the NCAA bid.
The defense has been the foundation for Maryville's success to date. In net, senior goalkeeper Ryan Jorgensen has recorded seven shutouts on 55 saves with a 0.63 goals against average. The Scots' back line of defense consisting of Nate Long, Kyle Bennett, Cole Hilton, and Gavin Dougherty have limited opponents to only 11 goals on the season.
"Getting to the NCAA tournament is difficult," stated Fernandez. "I think having older junior and senior players combined with a tough defensive mentality made the difference for us this season."
Maryville faced Kenyon College in the NCAA tournament in 2016 falling to the Lords 3-0 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Coach Fernandez's message to his team after the selection show was simple and direct.
"You are four games away from something special," stated Fernandez. "I felt a few years ago that we were just happy to be there. We have the type of defense and leadership to make a run in this tournament and I look forward to seeing what we can do this weekend."
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