Saturday, December 6, 2008

NCAA D3 Title Game Settled on PK's

Messiah College just won their sixth NCAA Division 3 Men's Soccer Championship over Stevens Institute of Technology. Messiah now holds the most titles in championship history, winning their sixth title in nine years.

Jeremy Thompson opened the scoring for Messiah in the third minute, and Stevens did not find an equalizer until the 80th minute when Jeremy Lippel. The game then went through overtime with no victor, and penalty kick were not what Stevens had hoped for. Messiah Goalkeeper Nick Blossey made three saves on some poorly taken penalties by Stevens, and Messiah won the penalty shootout 3-0.

Both teams are predominant players in the national D3 soccer scene, and I actually had the personal opportunity to play against Stevens twice this season as a member of Utica College's team. Stevens is a very respectable opponent, as their run to the championship suggests. They can play out of the back and build up an attack through possession. Unfortunately for them, it was not enough on the day, and they lost in the worst possible way to Messiah. Still and congratulations are in order to Messiah.