Dec. 6, 2008

Courtesy of Greensboro College

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Messiah College women’s soccer team defeated Wheaton College (Ill.), 5-0, and completed the sweep of the 2008 NCAA Division III  Championships. Led behind Erin Hench’s two goals, the Falcons captured their second national championship in Greensboro, ending both of those seasons in undefeated fashion.

In 2005 Messiah College closed with a perfect mark of 22-0-1, while this year the Falcons culminated their season at Macpherson Stadium at 23-0-2.

“It is very exciting to come away with a national title," said Messiah’s Head Coach Scott Frey. "And I would have to add that that I love Greensboro!”

In a rematch of last year’s National Championship game, the Falcons retaliated with the most lopsided victory of the tournament, which dates back to 1986. The title game marks the end of a collegiate career for three seniors, who finished with a combined record of 87-4-4 (.916 winning percentage)

Two-time and defending National Champion Wheaton (Ill.) closes out its season at 22-4-2.

After a close first half in which Hench scored the match’s opening score on a rebound shot in net at 27:44, the Falcons held a 10-4 advantage in shots.

Four unanswered Messiah College goals over the final 34 minutes of action decided the match’s outcome. The first came when Kacie Klynstra beat Ingrid Erickson from three-yards out for the 2-0 lead.

Hench followed with her second goal, on an assist from Rachel Horning, at the 64:14 mark of the game.

Amy Horst sent a free kick over the head of back-up goalkeeper Justine Morey’s head just over 15 minutes later for the 4-0 Falcon advantage. The final score of the match came as Hench set-up teammate Rachel Loya for a sliding kick to the far post.

Messiah College held an advantage in shots (21-7) and corner kicks (3-1).

2008 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer All-Tournament Team
Annie Neil, Williams College, Sophomore
Caitlin Colesanti, Williams College, Senior
Nicole Stenquist, Williams College, Freshman
Ali Art, William Smith College, Senior
Amanda Davis, William Smith College, Freshman
Brittany Bergh, Wheaton College (Ill.), Sophomore
Kelly Foltz, Wheaton College (Ill.), Senior
Taryne Lee, Wheaton College (Ill.), Junior
Amanda Naeher, Messiah College, Junior
Katie Hoffsmith, Messiah College, Sophomore

Most Outstanding Player
Erin Hench, Messiah College, Senior

Most Outstanding Defender
Kacie Klynstra, Messiah College, Senior

Post Game Quotes:

“At the half of the game we all thought that we were going to come back out really strong and score but Messiah is just a really strong and physical team to keep fighting for the whole 90 minutes of the game”
-Wheaton’s Erin Hodina

“It is not easy right now to watch Messiah celebrate on the field. We know exactly what they are feeling but know we as a team know how is feels to fail and succeed on this level of play.”
-Wheaton’s Taryne Lee

“I am really proud of our team and how we unified throughout the season and making it this far even though we had hard time not only on the field but off of it as well.”
-Wheaton’s Brittany Beregh

“Messiah is a real quality squad that deserved to win a national title here today. Throughout the whole game, they pushed us until we were totally exhausted and tired.”
-Wheaton’s Coach Pete Felske

“This is an absolutely amazing feeling coming back here to Greensboro, NC and winning not only my second but the teams second national title, I love Greensboro!”
Messiah’s Kacie Klynstra

-Messiah’s Carey Cortese
“I wouldn’t say at all that this game was easy for us, we really started settling down and played outstanding at the mid field.”

“I knew that I had great girls around me to get the ball at my feet, and they just made things a lot easier to play the game and do my job.”
M-essiah’s Erin Hench