11/05/2012 03:47 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Soccer Club defeated the University of Texas 2-1 in the National
Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, or NIRSA, Region IV South Tournament finals
on Sunday, Oct. 28, earning the club its first-ever bid to the NIRSA National Campus
Championship Series, or NCCS, National Soccer Championships.
The tournament, held Oct. 26-28 in Richardson, TX, was hosted by the University of
Texas-Dallas. To reach the finals, LSU defeated Sam Houston State University 4-0 before
falling to Southern Methodist University 1-2 in pool play. After advancing to an elimination
game, LSU defeated Texas Tech 2-0 to earn their spot in the championship game.
“The team really rose to the occasion this year,” said LSU defender James Dobravolsky.
“As a team we realized our goal and achieved it together. The chemistry of the club
team this year is outstanding. Constant communication and the level of friendship
we have has really translated into results this year.”
The 19th Annual NIRSA NCCS National Soccer Championships will be held in Memphis,
Tenn., Nov. 15-17. The Championship Division is comprised of the top 24 men’s and
top 24 women’s teams from across the nation. Teams qualify for the Championship Division
by receiving a bid to participate, generally through successful competition in regional
tournaments. Updates will be posted throughout the championships on the tournament
webpage at www.nirsa.org.
The LSU Men’s Soccer Club is a student-run organization whose mission is to create
a competitive men’s soccer program for the student body at LSU, as well as teach players
on the team the importance of teamwork, communication and leadership. The team has
competed in the Texas Collegiate Soccer League since 2010. The club’s roster features
roughly 25 members who have a standing goal of establishing themselves as one of the
best men’s soccer teams in the state of Louisiana.
The club is a part of the LSU Department of University Recreation, or UREC, Sport Club Program that supports 14 active sport clubs through various leadership development programs, funding, and activity spaces. Visit www.lsu.edu/urec/sportclubs for more information about the UREC Sport Club program.
Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012