MIAMI — The men’s and women’s Division I Region 2 Soccer Tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Miami Multi-Purpose Sports Complex at Red Robertson Field on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
This will be the fourth year for the single-elimination tournament to be staged in Miami.
The tournament, which starts at noon Saturday, is a joint effort of the City of Miami and the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“This event continues to grow for us,” Amanda Davis, CVB Executive Director & Director of Tourism for the City of Miami said in a release. “We had good attendance last year and sold lots of tournament t-shirts. Fans experienced some very competitive college soccer at this event. This is a great for our local economy as teams stay in Miami hotels and many of them use local restaurants for meals. November is a month that we work hard to recruit new visitor dollars. This event fits into our schedule perfectly.
“We’ve had a positive start to the fiscal year in hotel tax and sales tax collections. We are hopeful this event will help continue that trend.”
An all-tournament pass is available for $15 for adults and $10 for students (12 and under). Single day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Tickets are available at the Miami CVB (111 North Main) or at the gate.
Action in the tournament starts at noon Saturday with the men’s semifinals with No. 1 seed Rose State College (11-5-1 and 5-1 in the region) against No. 4 seed Eastern State College (4-10-1 and 1-5).
No. 2 seed Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa battles No. 3 seed Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (6-9-1 and 1-4-1) in the 2:30 p.m. men’s semifinal.
Top seed Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa (15-1 and 10-0) squares off at 5 p.m. Saturday against NEO’s Lady Norse (4-10-1 and 4-6), the No. 4 seed, in the first women’s semifinal.
The Lady Raiders of Rose State College (13-5 and 8-2) received the No. 2 seed and face No. 3 seed Redlands College (8-7 and 5-5) and they will meet at 7:30 p.m.
The men’s championship match will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday followed at 3:30 p.m. by the women’s title game.
Winner of the men’s Region 2 championship advances to the Plains District Tournament Nov. 2-3.
The single-elimination district tournament features the winners of Region 2, Region 5 (Texas) and Region 6 (Kansas).
The Plains District will be played on the home field of the Kansas representative.
Each district champion earns a bid to the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Tournament, Nov. 13-18, at Mountain Valley Field in Prescott, Arizona.
Tyler (Texas) completed a perfect 24-0-0 season with a 2-0 victory over Monroe (Mississippi) College (19-1-0) last year.
Winner of the women’s regional championship advances to the District I playoffs slated for Nov. 3-5 on the Region 2 home field.
The Region 2, Region 5 (New Mexico and West Texas) and Region 14 (East Texas) winners will play in the district hosted by the Region 2 winner.
The District I winner advances to the Women’s Division 1 NJCAA National Championship, Nov. 13-18, at the Titan Soccer Complex in Melbourne, Florida.
Last season Tyler advanced to the women’s national tournament at the District I representative. The Lady Apaches lost 3-1 to Paradise Valley, Arizona, in the finals.