With their ninth straight trip to the Final Four, Messiah College Women’s Soccer looks to make history yet again. If Messiah can win their fifth NCAA Division III Soccer National Championship this weekend, then they will become the most decorated school in NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer history. Also if Messiah wins, it will be their fourth title in five years. The only time they did not win in the past five years was during the 2010 season.
This season Messiah is currently 22-1-1. Their only blemish is a 2-1 OT loss against Emory University earlier in the season. The other three teams to make the Final Four this year are Emory, Misericordia University, and Wheaton College (Ill).
It seems to be in Messiah’s favor to make history. Back on Sept. 22, Messiah defeated Misericordia 2-0. The Falcons have also faced Wheaton recently. In last year’s NCAA Championship game, Messiah came from behind and defeated Wheaton 3-1. Messiah’s Head Coach Scott Frey is very familiar with Wheaton’s program and how they play.
Another reason why it is in Messiah’s favor to win their fifth national title is experience. The seniors at Messiah have been to the Final Four and Finals for four straight years and they know what to expect when it comes to the atmosphere. The only players on the Messiah squad that haven’t experienced the Final Four are the freshman. For Misercordia and Emory, this is the first Final Four in program history for both squads.
Another reason why Messiah will make history is because of their spread out offensive attack. Four players have goals in the double digits and three players are tied with five goals. Lastly, their defense and goal keeper has been dominant. While scoring 86 goals on the season, they have only allowed six goals. Freshman Audra Larson leads the nation in goals against average (GAA) with a .245 average.
If Messiah keeps playing the way they have, look for them to make history in San Antonio this weekend.