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Men's Soccer - Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
Grand View
(2)Hastings College

Delray Beach, FL- Grand View brought their top performances to post season, finishing in the NAIA final four after starting the conference tournament seeded #6. Grand View won four-straight road contests to earn its spot in the field of 16 in Delray Beach, Fla. Three Vikings earned NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship All-Tournament Team following the tournament, forward Danton Irelan (SR/Ottumwa, IA) and midfielder Sam Blackman (SR/Dartford, England), and defender Cori Hill (JR/Indian Harbor, Florida).

Delray Beach, FL- In their final match, the Vikings fell to #1 seed and undefeated 2016 National Champions Hasting College (Neb.) in overtime 1-0. The Vikings battled to the last minute but were unable to come out on top.

In the 98th minute, Hasting's Adam Knight served a ball from the left flank into the box, which was headed into the net by Erik Tello to end the Vikings season with a 16-6-2 record. Grand View made its first semifinal appearance, knocking off three straight seeded opponents.

Both teams came out battling and registered five total shots in the first half. The Bronco's finished the game with 16 total shots to Grand View's 10. Each team created opportunities to put themselves on the scoreboard but neither were able to capitalize in regualtion play. Viking offense and defense showed up to play in the match but Hastings was able to put one away in the first overtime.

In the 82nd minute, freshman goalkeeper Darnell Larsen (FR/Kastrup, Denmark) made a sliding save to his right on a shot by Tello off a free kick deflection to keep the game scoreless and force extra time. Just a minute into overtime, Whitehall made a run on the left wing and fired a shot, saved by Larsen on a dive to his left and the rebound was cleared by Daniel Kozma (FR/Budapest, Hungary). Kozma headed another Whitehall strike over the crossbar two minutes later. Larsen finished the night with five saves.

Head Coach Blair Reid was proud of the lads, "Our squad played a good match. They put their heart and souls into that 100 minutes or so. No regrets, no excuses, we just could not find the back of the net. We had an excellent post season run. Proud of this team. Great memories, fantasic young men. One has to congratulate Hasting College. It was a great match, a battle to the end."

Following their final four appearance at the NAIA National Tournament the Grand View Men's soccer team was recognized by the NAIA National office and honored with the Nels Dahlquist Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award.

The jouney-

The Vikings left for Delray Beach, FL Thanksgiving morning to compete in the NAIA National Tournament sweet 16. The Vikings defeated #5 seed Keiser University (Fla.) 3-0 in the sweet 16 to advance to the elite 8 where they defeated #4 seed University of Northwestern Ohio 1-0. For the first time in Grand View history, the Vikings advanced into the semifinals where they fell in overtime to #1 seed Hastings College (Neb.).  Hastings went on the win the whole tournament and be named the 2016 NAIA Men's Soccer National Champions.

After defeating #9 Baker 4-1 in the conference tournament opening round, the Vikings went on to defeat #23 Benedictine College 3-0, and then Missouri Valley College in the championship game in PKS 4-1 to advance to the NAIA National Tournament opening round.

The Vikings traveled to Campbellsville, KY to defeat the unbeaten Campbellsville 2-1 in the opening rounds, which snapped the NAIA's longest current winning streak at 34 matches. This earned the Vikings to the sweet 16 in Delray Beach. 

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Overall HAAC Streak
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