That was a great weekend. I’m always a sucker for soccer nationals. I find myself caring way more than I probably should. I don’t know if it is the soccer, or the characters of the teams, or just the build up of the season, but I love soccer nationals. Having said all of that, Moody and Clearwater are our national champions for men’s and women’s soccer. Here is a quick look at the national champions, and my thoughts on each:
Men’s Soccer National Champions: Moody Bible Institute
Overview: Moody Bible Institute came into the season as the favorite to repeat. They dominated the coaches poll, and won every NCCAA DII game they played. Is Moody set up for a three-peat? Who knows… but I will say this, I don’t think they were as good as they were last year, and if you take out the beat down of NIU in the regional game (where Northland had a handful of starters out) the computer would think NIU was the better team this year. I would actually agree with the computers. I think for whatever reason Moody has Northland’s number. I don’t actually think they are a “better” team than Northland this year (last year they were). None of that matters, because Moody got the job done. Congrats to them, and I hope we have another great year next year.
Women’s Soccer National Champions: Clearwater Christian College
Overview: Clearwater made their presence known early and often, and crushed the 2012 competition. It’s too bad Lancaster is afraid to play at nationals, because I do think this team would really give Lancaster a great game. I don’t believe anyone saw Clearwater getting this good this fast, but good for these ladies, as they recruited well, put in the work, and really made themselves into a fantastic team.