Twelve days ago the FHSU soccer team stood toe to toe with undefeated Lindenwood for two halves and two overtimes at the MIAA soccer championships before falling 6-5 in a shootout. On Friday, the Tigers will get a shot at a rematch in the opening round of the NCAA Division II soccer tournament.
“They’re a great team, there’s a reason they are undefeated, there’s a reason they haven’t lost a conference game in two seasons in the MIAA,” said head coach Brett Parker. “But we are confident; we’ve played some very close games with them.”
The Tigers lost to Lindenwood in the regular season 4-3 on the road. Friday’s match up in Kansas City, will mark the third meeting of the season.
“We will get them on a neutral site, we’ll be fresh we had two weeks off to get healthy and kind of get over the end of season stretch of games we had,” said coach. “It’s a great opportunity for the program.”
This will be second straight tournament to the NCAA for a Tiger program that is just three seasons old and FHSU enters the Super Regional as the No. 20 ranked team in Division II.
“Third year, two times in the NCAA tournament,” said Tanner Brock. “It’s just exciting to be around it. We’ve worked hard, preseason morning workouts. So this will be good.”
Adds Parker, “Second year in a row to be in the NCAA tournament, two out of the three years of our program, it’s fantastic.”