NAIA: Wayland Baptist and Spring Arbor capture national championships

Wayland Baptist won its first NAIA men's championship when it beat Missouri Valley, 1-0, in the final thanks to Uruguayan freshman Federico Ucar's goal on a header in the 108th minute.

The Pioneers were one of only three unseeded teams to qualify for the 59th national tournament in Delray Beach, Florida, and survived shootouts against Columbia, Mo., and top-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

The title comes less than a decade after the Texas school introduced soccer.

Women. Spring Arbor won its second NAIA women's championship in three years after defeating Benedictine, 2-0, in the final on Saturday in Orange Beach, Alabama.

A pair of goals by junior Bethany Balcer, the tournament MVP, in the first five minutes of the second half decided the final. Balcer tied her own NAIA record with seven tournament goals and gave her 98 goals in her three seasons as the Michigan school.

The Cougars have reached the championship game in each of the last three seasons.
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