It is Championship Season across the college soccer landscape. The Division III National Champions have already been crowned, with Connecticut College’s men’s soccer team and Christopher Newport’s women’s team capturing the titles, but the Division I and II championships are still up for grabs.
In the Women’s College Cup Final, Florida State takes on BYU tonight at 8 p.m. The Seminoles reached the final by topping Rutgers in the Final Four, 1-0. In that match, Emma Misal (Penn Fusion) played a full 90 minutes for the Scarlet Knights. BYU bested Santa Clara in penalty kicks in its Final Four contest.
The men’s side – still in the Final Four – also has representatives from Eastern Pennsylvania.
Clemson goes to battle against Notre Dame on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Trevor Manion (Penn Fusion) serves as a reserve goalkeeper for the Tigers and has played 41 minutes this season. The other Final Four match between Georgetown and Washington takes place on Dec. 10 at 8:30 p.m. Representing Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer in that match is Chris Le (PA Classics). Le has made an appearance in 19 games this season and has tallied one goal. The Men’s College Cup Final takes place on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.
In the DII Women’s Final Four, Dallas Baptist University takes on Saint Rose on Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Saint Rose features Theresa Durle (HMMS), who has netted one goal this season in 14 appearances. On the other side of the bracket, Grand Valley State takes on Lenoir-Rhyne with a shot at a National Title on the line.
Nolan Ross (PA Classics) and Charleston (WV) take on UIndy in the men’s bracket of the DII championship. The winner of that will meet the winner of Cal State LA and Nova Southeastern in the championship, which will be played on Dec. 11 and 5 p.m.
Already champions are Connecticut College men’s soccer team and Christopher Newport’s women’s soccer team, the victors at the DIII level.
Connecticut College defeated Amherst on penalties, 4-1, after the game remained tied following regulation and overtime. The team featured two Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer alumni, Rye Jaran (Penn Fusion) and Matt Scoffone (Penn Fusion). Jaran led the Camels with nine assists this season – including one in the championship game -- and added five goals. Scoffone had two scores and three assists on the year.
Christopher Newport topped The College of New Jersey, 2-0, to claim the program’s first title.