NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship coming to Delray for second straight year

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For the second-straight year, the 57th Annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Soccer National Championship will take place at Hilltopper Stadium at Seacrest Soccer Complex, 2505 N. Seacrest Blvd., from Nov. 30 – Dec. 5. According to Chad Waller, director of communications and sports information for the NAIA, the 16- team, single-elimination tournament bracket will be announced on Monday, Nov. 16.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission in conjunction with Keiser University will serve as hosts. Last year, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Northwood University served as co-hosts for the first time in championship history.

According to Waller, in the championship final last year, Davenport’s (Mich.) Chase Burgess headed in the game-winner and handed the sixth-seeded Panthers a 2-1 overtime win over No. 9 Texas at Brownsville in the finals of the 2014 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. His heroics came in the 93rd minute and gave Davenport it’s first-ever men’s soccer banner. The match ended the week-long single-elimination event at the Seacrest Soccer Complex.

The opening banquet for this year’s tournament will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29. Schedule for tournament play is 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and the final is Saturday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. Ticket cost for an all championship pass ranges from $20 prior to Nov. 29, and $25 at the gate, day pass for adults is $10, day pass for students with an ID is $5, under age of 12 is free, and cost of the opening banquet prior to Nov. 28, is $25. Advance ticket sales start Nov. 15. For more information visit: www.naia.org.