William Penn’s men’s soccer team will play at home in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament. It’s the first time the Statesmen have advanced to the nationals. The Statesmen are the 14th overall seed…and will play Saturday (11/23) in Oskaloosa…against the winner of a Friday (11/22) game in Oskaloosa between Hastings, Nebraska and Friends University of Wichita, Kansas. Statesmen Coach Jaymee Highcock says he’s familiar with both teams.
“I’ve watched Hastings a few times this season. They’re historically a very good team in the NAIA. They’ve played some teams in our conference, so it should be a good matchup. Friends have had a good year as well. They’ve beaten Oklahoma Wesleyan a few times. Two good teams, it should be a good game.”
William Penn did not face Hastings or Friends during the regular season. Friends comes in with a 17-2-1 record; Hastings is 16-2-2 and the Statesmen are 15-5. Both opening round games in the NAIA men’s soccer tournament will be played at Drost Field. Game times have yet to be announced.