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Lindsey Wilson Wins National Championship

December 03, 2011
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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - (FINAL BRACKET; Box Score) Lebogang Moloto put home the golden goal in the 96th minute to lead No. 2 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) to a 3-2 overtime victory over No. 1 Hastings (Neb.) in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Final. The Blue Raiders now stand with nine all-time national championships, which is second most in NAIA history behind the 11 won by former NAIA member Quincy (Ill.). Hastings, who won its first-ever title in 2010 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex, ends it season with a 24-2-0 record.

"I felt like once we settled in and their pressure wasn't hurting us as much, I felt good about our chances (after trailing 1-0)," said Lindsey Wilson head coach Ray Wells. "We knew that were going to have tired legs and we knew that they were as well.

"We had three injuries so we were struggling with that. But I think in a way, those injuries kind of helped us because those players that we put in didn't play three games in four days. So they went in and gave us a lot of energy and I think gave us a little bit of a boost."

Hastings' Jordan Green opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the tournament in the fifth minute of action. For his efforts, he was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Tournament. Mat Luak tied the game at 1-1 with his striker in the 36th minute off an assist by Musa Mawanda. That goal was his first in 10 games.

Less than a minute before halftime, Lindsey Wilson took a 2-1 advantage thanks to a carom off a Hastings defender. The goal was credited as an own goal by Hastings. The lead would hold until Jake Ramsay posted his first Tournament goal. His score was fed by Nate Polak in the 62nd minute to tie the match at 2-2.

Both defenses held until Moloto spurted through the Hastings defense for the game-winner. The junior from Polokwane, South Africa, notched his 11th goal of the year and third in Orange Beach. He would be later honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.

"Lebogang was so tired and just had a lot of heart," said Wells. "When you can find that kind of heart with that kind of talent, that is a special player."

Blue Raider Yuta Nomura stopped four Hastings' shots on goal to get credit with the win. Cody Poteat was hit with the loss after posting six saves.

The meeting marked the first time since 2001 that the No. 1 and 2 seeds faced off. Lindsey Wilson was part of the last match as the top-seeded Blue Raiders took down No. 2 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), 4-0.

Lindsey Wilson, who moves to 45-10-4 all-time in Championship action, ends its year with a perfect 23-0-0 record. Impressively, the Blue Raiders better their all-time record in the National Championship final game to 9-0.

The event was hosted for the second-straight year by the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission and the University of Mobile (Ala.).

2011 NAIA MEN'S SOCCER ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Goalkeepers
Carl Goody, William Carey (Miss.), Sr.
Cody Poteat, Hastings (Neb.), Sr.

Forwards
Eddy Campbell, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Jr.
Jordan Green, Hastings (Neb.), Jr.
Emeka Maduka, Southern Poly (Ga.), Jr.
Matheus Saroli, William Carey (Miss.), Fr.

Midfielders
Ethan Bauer, Baker (Kan.), Jr.
Lebogang Moloto, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Jr.
Nate Polak, Hastings (Neb.), Sr.
Luis Trude, William Carey (Miss.), Fr.

Defenders
Nate Byarly, Baker (Kan.), Jr.
Daniel Gudmundson, William Carey (Miss.), Fr.
Derek Prinz, Hastings (Neb.), Sr.
Chris Williams, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Sr.

Most Valuable Player of the Tournament
Lebogang Moloto, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Jr.

Offensive Player of the Tournament
Jordan Green, Hastings (Neb.), Jr.

Defensive Player of the Tournament
Chris Williams, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Sr.

Champions of Character Brine-NAIA Scholarship Recipient
Lebogang Moloto, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Jr.

Nels Dahlquist Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award
Hastings (Neb.)