No. 1 Ft. Lewis opened the defense of its NCAA Division II men's title with a 4-0 victory over No. 4 SIU-Edwardsville in Denver. Star John Cunliffe scored one goal and set up freshman David Barden for the second of his two goals. Barden's goals came after the Cougars had players sent off in the 59th and 66th minutes.
Several clashes between top 10 NAIA women's teams took place on the opening weekend. Two days after returning from a 16-day trip to Africa, No. 3 Westmont headed to Portland, Ore., to play at the Cavalier Holiday Inn Classic, where it beat No. 4 Simon Fraser, 1-0, on a goal by senior midfielder Jessica Schoepke and No. 8 Concordia (Ore.), 2-1, on a pair of goals by senior forward Katie Rhodes. No. 6 Houghton traveled to Kentucky, where it knocked off No. 7 Lindsey Wilson, 1-0, on junior forward Bethany Kowalczyk's goal.