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2018 SLIAC Men's Soccer Tournament

The field for the 2018 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament was not determined until the final day of the season with Webster University and Iowa Wesleyan University picking up wins to claim the final two spots. Spalding University and Greenville University secured the other two seeds. Spalding will face Iowa Wesleyan in one of the semifinal games, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 in Louisville, Ky. with the game being played at Bellarmine University. Webster will host the other semifinal game, facing Greenville at 6 p.m. at Soccer Park in St. Louis, Mo. The SLIAC championship game will be on Saturday, November 3 at the highest remaining seed.

#1 Spalding University

After missing out on the playoffs last season, Spalding returns for the program's third trip to the SLIAC tournament. The Golden Eagles went 14-3-1 overall and 7-1-1 in the conference to win the regular season title. The Golden Eagles tallied 54 goals this season, second most in the conference, while recording five shutouts. Spalding averages 15.1 shots per game and their heavy offensive pressure has led to 97 corner kicks. Kornell Hilliard leads the conference with 42 points, scoring 18 goals to go with six assists. Freshman Abnel St. Fleur has shown a flair for the dramatic with five of his nine goals this season serving as game-winners. Mirza Ugarak and Mani Bakari have also notched at least five goals this season. Tenko Kono helps control the flow of the game from his midfield position while Abdikadir Hussein is one of the leaders on defense. In net Jue Louis and Trevor Massa have split time, with each logging over 800-minutes, combining for a 1.34 goals against average and a 78-percent save percentage.

"Offensively, we have been scoring a lot of goals and creating a lot of chances. But our goalkeeping and our defensive group have just as much to do with our success as a team this season. In particular, our two GKs Trevor Massa and Jude Louis have been incredible this season. Jude carried us early in the year, while Trevor has really stepped up in conference play. We have had a rotating group of defenders in front of them, all of whom have really stepped up this season. Overall, we have a deep list of defenders and great goalkeeping on the roster this fall and it has been a huge ingredient to our team's successful season so far." - Spalding head coach adam boyer
#2 Webster University

Although they needed a win in their final regular season game the Gorloks jumped up into the second seed of the tournament by finishing with a 6-2-1 conference record. The Gorloks found the back of the net 41 times this fall, averaging 18.2 shots per game, and led the league with 14 shutouts. Webster actually opened the year with a school record seven straight shutouts. That stout defense is led by senior Justin Schmidt, who was named SLIAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year last year. Matt Amick has locked down the goaltending position, carrying a 0.67 goals-against average and a 91-percent save percentage into the tournament. Webster's offense is balanced with six players scoring between seven and three goals this year. Aamahn Murvin leads the team with nine goals and 23 points while Isaac Pearson has added four assists.

I think our guys are focused and everyone at this point in the conference knows what’s at stake. It’s been a very competitive and fun conference season and every team is battle tested at this point so we know we are going to get everyone best." - webster head coach mike siener
#3 Greenville University

Greenville will be making their first tournament trip since 2015 after going 14-4-1 overall and 6-2-1 in conference action. The Panthers led the league in scoring, putting the ball in the back of the net 58 times, and averaging 20.4 shots per game. They also ranked second defensively with 11 shutouts. Jared McPeek has been exceptional in his freshman season with 16 goals and 36 points. Juan Jose Herranz, another freshman, (8 goals, 8 assists) and Edgar Bueno (2 goals, 7 assists) have been among the top playmakers in the league. Ruben Martinez has started all 18 games on the backline for the Panthers and has been key to the succcess of keeper Nick Holland. Holland holds a 0.91 goals-against average, making 49 saves in 16 games this season.

It really comes down to leadership. We have a strong core of senior leadership this season, and that has made a huge difference on and off the field. This group of seniors had to take on leadership roles early on in the process, and they have helped to create a culture of excellence. To watch their growth over the years has been truly special and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments and their hard work to get our program back in the conference tournament and competing for a berth in the NCAA tournament." - greenville head coach chris swift
#4 Iowa Wesleyan University

The Tigers men's soccer team becomes the first program at Iowa Wesleyan to qualify for a SLIAC tournament, doing so by finishing the regular season with an 8-11-1 overall and 6-3 SLIAC record. The Tigers scored 37 goals this season, averaging 14.7 shots per game, and recording two shutouts. Fabian Arvizu leads the team with 24 points, tallying nine goals and six assists this season. Freshman Mariano Mateo is second on the team with five goals while Carlos Mateo and Francisco Saldana have each netted four goals. Gonazlo Rubio, an All-Conference defender last season, has made 13 starts and played in 16 games for the Tigers this fall. Chris Rimmer has made 55 saves in over 1300-minutes of action in the net.

It means the World to myself and boys. But more importantly, the people at Iowa Wesleyan University, and Mt. Pleasant Iowa, seem more excited than we are. Their support is the reason we have this opportunity to compete against all these great players and coaches in our conference. We're just honored and humbled to be able to represent Iowa Wesleyan University and the city of Mt. Pleasant." - iowa wesleyan head coach tony odorisio

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