Saturday night was Championship Night in men’s soccer, and the Trinity Baptist College Eagles had another epic battle with Pensacola Christian College for the title. Both teams played their always-exceptional defense, but one goal late in the first half gave Pensacola Christian the win and the championship while Trinity finished the 2017 season as the NCCAA Division 2 national runner-up.
With 55.2 seconds left in the first half, Pensacola’s Hayden Hoffman took a pass from Paul Stewart right in front of the goal. Hoffman’s first effort hit the right post. He followed his shot and tapped the rebound in for the game’s only score.
Trinity took 13 total shots, and Pensacola had 10. Kyle Autlman saved five for Trinity, and Pensacola’s Tyler Jensen saved one. Trinity rallied off a number of shots in the final few minutes, but the Pensacola defense made it tough on the attackers.
Trinity, the runner-up, finishes in the Top 3 for the third consecutive season. Trinity won the title in 2015 and finished third last year. Pensacola celebrates its first championship in men’s soccer in the team’s second season of competition.
The two teams combined to have seven players named to the All-Tournament roster. For Trinity, Zane Downey, Tcharlentz Milius, and Jean Hillaire made the honorary roster while Stewart, Christian Reinose, Nick Standridge, and Adrian Torres earned the honor. Torres was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Congratulations go out to both the Trinity Baptist College Eagles and the Pensacola Christian College Eagles on their terrific seasons and accomplishments.