Rio Grande Wins in Overtime, 1-0, Over MidAmerica Nazarene in NAIA Men?s Soccer Title Match

Rio Grande Wins in Overtime, 1-0, Over MidAmerica Nazarene in NAIA Men?s Soccer Title Match

By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information


DELRAY Beach, Fla. – (Bracket | Box Score) Jeremy de Hoog scored on a 40-yard free kick to lift No. 1-seed Rio Grande (Ohio) to a 1-0 overtime win against No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) at the 2015 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship at the Seacrest Soccer Complex. The title is the RedStorm’s (23-1) second in school history, with the first one coming in 2003.

Rio Grande continued its defensive dominance, spearheaded by the NAIA National Championship Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player Benjamin Martinez. The freshman goalkeeper from Montpellier, France, finished with four saves and his fourth-straight shutout. The last goal he allowed was in the NAIA Opening Round win Nov. 21 against Bethel (Tenn.) – a span of more than 417 scoreless minutes to end his freshmen campaign.

“It was a difficult first half, and it was our goal to be tied at 0-0 heading into the half because we were battling the wind and they had us pinned into our defensive zone,” said Rio Grande head coach Scott Morrissey.

The MidAmerica Nazarene defensive unit also played up to the level of a national championship and limited the RedStorm scoring chances. The Pioneers held leading scorer Willian Paulino to zero shots and overall stymied any offensive momentum.

With the pressure rising and both team’s trading off possessions in the opponent’s third of the field, de Hoog capitalized on a mistake by MidAmerica Nazarene. His laser found the top left corner of the net in the 96th minute and the RedStorm bench went crazy.

de Hoog was named the NAIA National Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player despite his stats not being impressive, but he always made an impact around the ball. The goal was just his second all year, but his 10 season assists ranked second on the team. He finished the championship with a pair of helpers in five matches.

“It was an amazing strike that he couldn’t have hit better,” commented Morrissey. “He has been working on set pieces all season and we knew if we had a situation like that he would be the one to step up and take it.


“These guys have been resilient and worked very hard this season. This is a great group of guys and I am so proud of them.”

MidAmerica Nazarene falls to 18-6-1 on the year. The 1-0 shutout loss was just the second blanking all year.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Keiser University (Fla.) served as co-hosts for the second-straight year.

For more information on the 2015 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site, click here.

2015 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship All-Tournament Team
Goalkeepers
Benjamin Martinez, Rio Grande (Ohio)
Aaron Orban, Davenport (Mich.)

Forwards
Tanner Hunjak, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Juan Carlos Heras, Missouri Valley
Oriol Morego, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.)
Jeremy de Hoog, Rio Grande (Ohio)

Midfielders
Willian Paulino, Rio Grande (Ohio)
Matias Cabello, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Raul Beneit, Missouri Valley
Carlos Berastain Munar, Missouri Valley

Defenders
Jorge Guinovart, Rio Grande (Ohio)
Stephane Philippe, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Danny Carroll, Rio Grande (Ohio)
Jonathan Taylor, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

National Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Jeremy de Hoog, Rio Grande (Ohio)

National Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Benjamin Martinez, Rio Grande (Ohio)

National Championship Most Valuable Player
Benjamin Martinez, Rio Grande (Ohio)

Nels Dahlquist Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

National Championship Final Notes
-- Rio Grande becomes the 10th program in NAIA history to win multiple championships. The RedStorm won the 2003 red banner with a 1-0 triumph over former member Fresno Pacific (Calif.).
--Rio Grande becomes the sixth different program to win the national title in as many years: Hastings (Neb.) in 2010, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in 2011, Belhaven (Miss.) in 2012, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) in 2013 and Davenport (Mich.) in 2014.
-- The 1-0 victory is the first such game in the title match since 2009 and the 12th in the 57-year history of the veent.
-- The one-goal win for the RedStorm marks the sixth time in the last eight years that the champion was victorious by a one-goal margin.
--The overtime match marked the fourth time in the last five years the final was decided in overtime.
-- Rio Grande ends its season on a 12-match win streak.
-- Rio Grande finished with an 11-1 scoring advantage in five championship games this year.
-- MidAmerica Nazarene falls 7-6-3 in its sixth championship event.
-- Rio Grande played in its third-ever championship final and moves to 2-1. MidAmerica Nazarene competed in its first title bout.
-- The RedStorm are 28-11-2 all-time in the postseason and just wrapped up their 15th national championship event.

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Soccer Championship

61st ANNUAL MEN'S SOCCER 
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 23, 2019 Opening Round – 
Campus Sites

Dec. 2 - Dec. 7, 2019
OC Great Park Soccer Stadium, 
Irvine, Calif.