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Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Takes Home National Crown

November 21, 2007
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Nov. 21, 2007


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - (Final Bracket) The fifth-seeded Martin Methodist women's soccer team captured the program's second national title in three seasons with a 2-1 win over No. 3 Azusa Pacific, Tuesday night at the Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium. The RedHawks, who won their first national title in 2005, scored twice in the first half to close out their 2007 campaign at 20-3-1.

"It's just amazing," Martin Methodist head coach Gerry Cleary said following the match. "The girls have worked hard all year. I got lucky with the group of seniors we have and they made our program."

Both teams were evenly matched with Martin Methodist putting up seven shots to Azusa Pacific's nine. APU took four corner kicks and yielded none to the RedHawks, while Martin Methodist held a 4-3 edge in shots on frame.

Martin Methodist scored in the sixth minute when Amanda Johansson played the ball into Shannon Walter at the top of the six-yard box and Walter tapped in her second goal in as many games to give the RedHawks a one-goal lead.

Azusa Pacific won a throw-in on the left side of the field in the 27th minute and a couple of touches got the ball to Theresa Broad on the right side of the 18-yard box. Broad passed the ball to Sarah Yoro in the center of the box and Yoro headed home her 13th goal of 2007 to knot the score at 1-1.

The RedHawks reclaimed the lead seven minutes later when Walter crossed the ball into Clare Sykes who was standing a few yards outside the box and Sykes rocketed a low shot past Jill Colfer-Martinson to make the score 2-1.

The second half was a defensive battle with both teams combining for just seven shots. Martin Methodist goalkeeper Sarah Prendergast pulled the Cougars' only shot on frame to preserve the win.

Azusa Pacific, making its second straight appearance in the title game, ended its season at 20-2-1

All-Tournament Team

Theresa Broad, Azusa Pacific
Janaina Noves, Lee
Jenni Annicchiarico, Carroll
Sarah Yoro, Azusa Pacific

Omolyn Davis, Lindsey Wilson
Justine Pronovost, Concordia
Lynsey Domene, Azusa Pacific
Randie Massro, Azusa Pacific

Katie Martin, Carroll
Marcia Silva, Martin Methodist
Jackie Pronovost, Concordia
Victoria Charmley, Martin Methodist

Sarah Prendergast, Martin Methodist

Offensive MVP
Theresa Broad, Azusa Pacific

Defensive MVP
Sarah Prendergast, Martin Methodist

Tournament MVP
Marcia Silva, Martin Methodist

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Soccer Championship
Sports Rules - Soccer (W)
Official Merchandise-Women's Soccer