BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- Playing host in the Opening Round of the 2014 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship, second-ranked UT-Brownsville stayed unbeaten, winning its most important match of the season, 2-1, over Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) on Saturday. The Ocelots will move on to the round of 16 in Delray Beach (Fla.), which will serve as the site for the remainder of the championship.
UTB started the scoring early with Victor Parreiras setting up a goal from Oscar Valencia off a corner kick. There was no scoring until UTB extended the lead in the 87th minute when Ricardo Diegues, the RRAC's goal leader, netted a shot. RMC scored moments later, but it was too little too late as Ocelot goalkeeper Axel Svenson made the lead stand up. UTB outshot the Bears, 19-8, and are now 21-0 on the season. Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) is next up for the Ocelots. (Match recap)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Our Lady of the Lake was forced to go on the road in the Opening Round of the 2014 NAIA Women's Soccer National Tournament, and the Saints came up short on Saturday in a 1-0 defeat against second-seeded William Carey University (Miss.). OLLU goalkeeper Gabriela Lopez was valiant in defeat, making 12 saves and allowing only one goal while facing a barrage of 23 shots from WCU. The Crusaders were able to manage only a goal from Claudia Saucedo in the 55th minute. The Saints' season ends at 12-8-1.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Wiley represented the RRAC as a team and individual qualifiers from the conference raced in the 2014 NAIA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm. Iryene Chelengat of Wiley was the top finisher in either division, taking 34th place in a field of 336 women's runners. As a team, Wiley finished 31st in the women's 5K distance. David Guillen of UT-Brownsville was the top men's finisher, placing 81st in the field of 325 runners with Jonathan Yanez of Our Lady of the Lake close behind at #91. Wiley's men's team finished 32nd in the country.