Messiah 1, Gustavus Adolphus 0 Nov.
Messiah 1, Gustavus Adolphus 0Nov. 26, 2005
Greensboro, N.C. -- Ryan Edwards tallied the match's only goal in the 69th minute as Messiah College defeated Gustavus Adolphus College, 1-0, in the 2005 NCAA Division III Championship match. Bryan Mohney earned the assist on the play.
"I was able to recognize where I was in relation to the defenders," Edwards said of the build up to his 10th goal of the year. "Once Bryan hot the ball to me it was a pretty easy and short finish."
The title was the Falcon's second straight and fourth in the past six seasons. MC ended the year 24-0 and ran its wining streak to 29 games.
"Every year and each team is different," said Messiah Head Coach Dave Brandt. "This team had great chemistry and leadership which brought out the best in the team."
Saturday was an eventful day for Messiah College. The Falcon women earlier collected the NCAA Division III championship trophy with a 1-0 victory over The College of New Jersey.
Gustavus Adolphus ended its Cinderella run at 17-3-5. The Gusties had a number of good scoring chances on counter attacks--especially in the first half--but could not find the net. The Falcons out shot the Gusties 7-6. MC had six corner kicks to two for GAC.
Attendance for the championship match was 1374. Additionally, more than 1,000 viewers watched the men's and women's finals via streaming video from NCAASports.com.
Post Game Quotes:
"We missed chances in the first half. Had we converted, the story could've been different. But that's one of the best teams in a long. They deserve all the credit."
-Larry Zelenz, GAC head coach.
"The season we had has been a life long dream fulfilled. It's a great way to end my career."
Bobby Kroog, Gustavus
"Our coaches prepared us well this year. With our winning streak, we had to keep our focus for every game. We kept challenging ourselves all season."
-Bryan Mohney, Messiah
2005 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament Team
Kai Kasiguran, Messiah, most outstanding player
Jonathan Astray, Gustavus Adolphus
Jonathan Carlson, Whitworth
Chris Classen, Messiah
Alex Deckert, Plattsburgh State
Jordan Iblings, Gustavus Adolphus
Bobby Kroog, Gustavus Adolphus
Patrick Lenehan, Messiah
Bryan Mohney, Messiah
Ali Seyedali, Whitworth
Jason Sousa, Plattsburgh State
Gustavus Adolphus (17-3-5) vs. Messiah College (24-0-0) Date: Nov 26, 2005 Attendance: 1374 Weather: Cool: Mid 40's Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Gustavus Adolphus... 0 0 - 0 Messiah College..... 0 1 - 1 SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 68:52 Messiah: Ryan Edwards (10) (Bryan Mohney) Shots: Gustavus Adolphus 6, Messiah College 7 Corners: Gustavus Adolphus 2, Messiah College 6 Saves: Gustavus Adolphus 4 (Tyler Garry 4), Messiah College 2 (Dustin Shambach 2) Messiah wins National Title
-- Courtesy Greensboro College