Messiah 1, College of New Jersey 0

Nov. 26, 2005

Greensboro, N.C. -- Billie Jo Atkins scored on an assist from Rachel Horning in the 70th minute as Messiah College recorded a 1-0 win over The College of New Jersey to collect the 2005 NCAA Division III womens soccer Championship on Saturday at Macpherson Stadium at Bryan Park.

The goal was fitting for a championship match. Atkins headed home a highlight reel throw-in from Horning for the game-winner. Horning did a front hand-spring/somersault which gave the diminutive midfielder the ability to throw the ball 35-yards to the six yard box. The goal for Atkins was her fourth of the season for Messiah.

"I've been doing that throw since I was nine years old," said Horning. "If I just started to try the somersault now, I'd probably break my neck!"

"We've scored on that play about four times this year," said Falcon Head Coach Scott Frey. "It's a dangerous and exciting play because she has the ability to put it in front of the goal."

The exciting goal overshadowed a bit the stellar play of freshman defender Kacie Klynstra. She helped an MC defense that did not allow a goal in the semifinals and finals. Additionally, she marked three-time TCNJ All American Brrittny Boyd and held her without a shot.

"She was the difference in our team this year," Frey said. "With Kacie in the back we were able to move players forward in the lineup. She does not play like a freshman."

Kylnstra was named most outstanding player for the tournament.

The match drew a crowd of 1,073, the fifth largest for a title game. Messiah, ranked No. 1 in Division III captured the program's first NCAA Division III Championship with the performance, while the Lions of TCNJ take home the runner-up title for the third time in program history. Messiah went 22-0-1 on the year, while TCNJ went 22-1 for the season.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie after one half of action. Messiah recorded 10 shots to TCNJ's 8

Messiahs junior goalie Cassie Grose made five saves in the shutout performance for the Falcons. TCNJs senior goalie, Alissa Kacar made two saves for the Lions.

TCNJs Joe Russo said of the game, My hats are off to Messiah. They were well coached, and well prepared. I am very proud of my team, especially these two next to me (referring to Alissa Kacar and Brittny Boyd. They are the heart and sole of this team. This is a very dynamic group. I could not be prouder of these kids.

2005 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament Team

Kacie Klynstra, Messiah, Most Outstanding Player
Lydia Claudio, Tufts
Diana Connett, Chicago
Jacqui DeLeon, Chicago
Dana Di Bruno, TCNJ
Martha Furtek, Tufts
Sarah Hibschman, Messiah
Courtney Krol,TCNJ
Jamie Kunkel, TCNJ
Savannah Stolzenburg, Messiah

Messiah College (22-0-1) vs. TCNJ Lions (22-1-0)
Date: 11/26/05 Attendance: 1073
Weather: clear, sunny, 50

Goals by period       1 2 Tot
Messiah College..... 0 1 - 1
TCNJ Lions..........   0 0 - 0

1. 69:22 MESSW Billie Jo Atkins (4) (Rachel Horning) - off of throwin off a flip

Shots: Messiah College 10, TCNJ Lions 8
Shots: Messiah College 2, TCNJ Lions 2
Saves: Messiah College 5 (Cassie Grose 5), TCNJ Lions 2 (Alissa Kacar 2)
Messiah College wins the 2005 NCAA Division III Championship with a 1-0 win over TCNJ. 

-- Courtesy Greensboro College