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Education

Men’s Soccer Clinches NCCAA Division II Championship

11.14.2011

Moody Bible Institute men's soccer team secured the 2011 NCCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Kissimmee, Fla. by defeating Northland International University 3-1 in the final game of the championship tournament. This is their third National Championship.

"Congratulations to the men's soccer team for winning the Division II National Championship," said Dr. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody. "We are proud of the team’s accomplishment and also for winning the Christian Sportsmanship Award. They represented Moody and Christ in an exemplary fashion both on and off the field."

After defeating Northland 4-1 on Oct. 29 at home in the NCCAA Midwest regional championship game, Moody was seeded number one for the Nov. 10–12 championship tournament that featured the top eight ranked teams in the nation. This was the first time Moody advanced to the championship tournament in 10 years, making it particularly meaningful to Coach Joe Harding, who is retiring from coaching and teaching at the end of the college year.

"We are incredibly grateful to Coach Harding for his faithful service and godly leadership," Dr. Nyquist added. "He is loved by his players and will be missed."

For those in attendance, the championship game proved to be one to remember. After a scoreless first half, Northland scored early in the second, but Moody responded two minutes later with a goal, tying the game 1-1. Jacob Persson later scored on Northland, putting Moody ahead 2-1. David McFarland later blocked the threat of a Northland score when Moody's goal was momentarily left unguarded by goalie, Ryan Pattison. Moody’s late goal put them ahead 3-1, a lead they would hold on to until the end.

Additional honors included: Ethan Montesinos, Eric Winer and Kujyim Rushiti—All Tournament Team; Ryan Pattison—Defensive Player of the Tournament; Jacob Persson—Player of the Tournament; T.J. Pearce—Kyle Rote, Jr. Award Winner; and Joe Harding—NCCAA National Coach of the Year.

Moody men’s soccer finished out the regular season with a 17-2-2 record.

Visit the Moody men's soccer team web page for more information on their team and Coach Joe Harding. 

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