December 3, 2010

Top 20 Moments - Men's Soccer

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #20
October 19, 1991
Centre College scores a conference single-game record 21 goals to defeat Fisk University, 21-0. It is also represents the largest margin of victory in any men's soccer match in conference history.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #19
September 30, 2004
Oglethorpe University's Zach Atkinson sets the new SCAC single-game scoring record with seven goals in an 18-2 victory over Fisk University. Atkinson also added two assists to give him 16 points for the match - also a league single-game record - and the sixth-most points ever scored in a NCAA Division III men's soccer match.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #18
January 8, 2009
Trinity University men's soccer player Patrick Floeck is published as a “Face in the Crowd” in the January 12 issue of Sports Illustrated. Floeck, a senior forward, scored four goals in a span of 5:26 in a 7-0 win over Birmingham-Southern last Oct. 24, which is believed to be the fastest four goals in NCAA history.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #17
September 28, 2009
Colorado College head men’s soccer coach Horst Richardson earns his 500th career victory with a 4-0 win against the University of Dallas. The celebration, however, is bittersweet as Richardson was attending the funeral of former player Chris Quon who passed away suddenly the previous week. Richardson joined Ohio Wesleyan’s Jay Martin, Keene State’s Ron Butcher and Rowan’s Dan Gilmore as the only active Division III coaches to reach the milestone and just the fifth all-time.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #16
October 31, 1992
Sophomore forward Will Lukow of Oglethorpe University scores the game-tying goal against Rhodes College in the semifinals of the 1992 SCAC Men's Soccer Tournament - a game that Rhodes would eventually win 3-2 in double overtime. The goal was the 27th of the year for Lukow, which remains the SCAC single-season record for goals scored, and, at the time, was the ninth-most goals ever scored by one men's player in a NCAA Division III single season.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #15
December 4, 1995
Centre College junior forward Josh Will and Rhodes College senior defender Billy Gordan are both selected Third Team NSCAA All-Americans - the first men's soccer players in SCAC history to receive all-America honors. A year later, Trinity University's Clint Regier, a junior forward, would become the first SCAC men's soccer First Team all-America selection.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #14
November 4, 1994
Rhodes College earns an at-large bid into the 1994 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. It is the first-ever invitation to the post-season tournament for any Rhodes soccer team and first for a SCAC men's soccer team. However, the tournament appearance by the Lynx turns out to be brief as they are eliminated by Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2-0, in a first-round match played in Wheaton, Ill.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #13
November 3, 1991
Centre College gets a goal from senior forward Chris Olney with 10:35 remaining in sudden death to defeat Trinity University, 3-2, in the championship match of the 1991 SCAC Men's Soccer Tournament in San Antonio.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #12
November 1, 1992
After battling through 90 minutes of regulation play and two 10 minute overtime periods without settling a 2-2 deadlock - and with darkness looming - Rhodes College and Trinity University had to settle the 1992 SCAC Men's Soccer Championship on penalty kicks. Rhodes made five penalty kicks to Trinity's four and the Lynx claimed the conference championship match played at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga. 

This was the last conference tournament match as the event was discontinued prior to the 1993 season in favor of a single round-robin conference schedule, where the best regular season conference record would be declared the SCAC champion.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #11
November 9, 1997
The tournament field for the 1997 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship is announced and the SCAC has three teams invited - a first for the league. No more than one SCAC school had ever made the field on either the men's or women's side prior to 1997. Rhodes College and Trinity University, the last two teams to represent the league in the tournament (1995 and 1996 respectively), both receive invitations as does Centre College - the program's first-ever invite.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #10
November 8, 1998
The SCAC is awarded with a conference-record four bids to the 1998 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. League champion Rhodes College is joined in the tournament field by Centre College, DePauw University and Trinity University. The SCAC is one of only three conferences to have four representatives in the championships (NESCAC and NJAC are the other two).

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #9
October 29-30, 1994
Oglethorpe senior forward Will Lukow, returning after missing four games due to injury, scores one goal against Trinity and two more the following day against Southwestern to end his career with a SCAC-record 73 goals scored in 73 games played. At the time, his 73 goals scored were the 11th most by a men's player in NCAA Division III history (currently 22nd).

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #8
November 14, 1998
A day after defeating SCAC foe Rhodes College, 2-0, 11th-ranked Trinity University upset defending national champion Wheaton (Ill.) College, 2-1, in four overtimes at Wheaton's East McCully Field to become the first conference men's team to advance to the national quarterfinal round. A week later, the TU Tigers, who ended the season with an 18-3-1 mark, would lose in the round of eight to Ohio Wesleyan, 2-1, after giving up two goals in the game's first 17 minutes.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #7
November 1, 2000
A week after clinching its second consecutive SCAC men's soccer title and fourth in the last five years, Trinity University defeats Southwestern University, 2-1, to complete a perfect 9-0 season in conference and become the first men's soccer team in conference history to complete the regular season with an undefeated and untied overall record at 17-0-0.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #6
November 23, 2003
The Trinity University men advance to the NCAA Division III soccer semifinals for the second consecutive year with a 3-0 blanking of UC-Santa Cruz in the national quarterfinals - played at the Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio. After earning a first-round bye, Trinity had advanced to this point with victories over University of Ozarks (5-0) and Piedmont College (6-0). With the shutout of UC-Santa Cruz, the Tigers had outscored the opposition 14-0 in three postseason wins while posting its seventh consecutive shutout and 19th of the season.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #5
November 24, 2002
Top-ranked Trinity University edges Macalester College, 1-0, in a NCAA Division III men's national quarterfinal match, earning the first Final Four berth for any SCAC men's soccer team. The Tigers had advanced to the quarterfinals with victories over Texas Lutheran (3-0) in the first round, Colorado College (4-1) in the second round and host Univerity of Redlands (2-0) in the region final.

The win capped an incredible weekend for Trinity athletics as all four of its fall sports teams remained alive in NCAA postseason play with three teams advancing to their respective Final Fours (men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball).

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #4
November 23-24, 2007
Playing in the national semifinals for the third time in school history, top-ranked Trinity University defeats fourth-ranked Messiah College, 1-0, on a goal by Patrick Floeck that comes one minute into the second half. The win puts the Tigers into the national title match for the second time in school history. A day later, and despite outshooting its opponent 23-12, Trinity is unable to find the net in regulation and two overtime periods and falls in penalty kicks 4-3 to Middlebury College in the national championship match. The Tigers end their season with a 23-1-0 mark.

In a related note, the SCAC served as host of the 2007 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer Championships which was played at the Wide World of Disney Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It was the first time the league had served as host for a national championship event.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #3
November 29, 2003
Behind two goals by Chris Quinn (his 24th and 25th of the season; tied for the second-most in a SCAC single-season) - including the game-winner in the 108th minute - Trinity University posts a 3-2 double overtime victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the national semifinals of the 2003 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #2
November 13, 2004
After earning a first-round bye, Trinity University defeats University of Texas-Dallas, 2-0, in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. The win is the 43rd consecutive for the Tigers. Although Trinity's win streak would be snapped the following match - a 1-0 loss to Gustavus Adolphus College in the sectional semifinal - the 43-match win streak still stands as the longest winning streak in the history of NCAA Division III men's soccer.

MEN'S SOCCER - MOMENT #1
November 30, 2003
Senior midfielder Josh Smith, the SCAC Player-of-the-Year, scored the eventual game-winner to give Trinity University a 2-1 win over the host school, Drew University, in the championship match of the 2003 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. The Tigers end the season with a perfect 24-0-0 record. The title represents the first soccer national championship for any school - in any NCAA division - in the state of Texas.

Smith, a three-time all-America selection, would go on to earn the NSCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Player-of-the-Year honor, the only SCAC student-athlete who has ever earned the award.

The national title is the fourth for Trinity and the conference (2000 – men’s and women’s tennis; 2003 – women’s basketball).

For more on the top SCAC Men's Soccer moment, including interviews with Coach Paul McGinlay and former Tiger All-American Josh Smith, click here.

School Conf Overall
Trinity (Tex.) 14-1 28-6
Centenary (La.) 10-5 17-17
Texas Lutheran 9-6 23-14
Dallas 7-8 17-19
Southwestern (Tex.) 7-8 10-26
Schreiner 5-10 14-23
Austin 2-16 4-29
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