Dalton State Men's Soccer Gets At-Large Bid To NAIA Tournament
Monday, November 18, 2019
The field for the 2019 NAIA Men's Soccer Tournament is set and for the first time in program history, Dalton State will be a participant. They are one of six teams making their first appearance in the tournament.
Dalton State (13-5-1 overall) will travel to Columbia, Mo. To take on California Pacific Athletic Conference Tournament Champion Embry Riddle (Ariz.) (15-4-1 overall) on Friday, November 22. The winner will advance to meet #2-seed Columbia (Mo.) on Saturday. The winner of the three-team pod will advance to the final site in Irvine, Calif.
The Roadrunners received votes for 10 of the 11 polls this season with the only exception being the pre-season poll that dropped in August.
This allowed them a shot at snagging an at-large berth in the tournament that expanded to 46 teams this season.
"So proud of this team," said Jon Jaudon, Dalton State Interim Chief of Staff. "We have been knocking on the door of post-season play the last few years and this team got it done. It is an outstanding accomplishment. The 2019 edition of Roadrunner men's soccer will always be remembered for being Dalton State's first NAIA post-season soccer team. Congratulations to Coach Alsafeer, his staff and the team. Now, let's make a run at the national title."