For the second time in just three years former SOCA player Aaron Meyers hoisted the NCAA Division III Championship trophy high into the air in celebration. Following a tough 1-0 semi-final match against Loras College, the Messiah Falcons won decisively over Ohio Northern University in the championship game on December 1, 2012.
In an unprecedented opening, the Falcons came screaming onto the field, scoring four goals in four shots in the first 20 minutes of play. Ohio Northern’s ten shots in the second half were not enough to regain ground they’d lost in the first half. Each side tallied one goal in the second half, with a score of 5-1 Messiah at the final whistle. The win marked the ninth national championship for the Messiah Falcons, and Meyer’s second.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Aaron during our first year of the SOCA Select Program,” recalls SOCA Director of Coaching Brian Kuk. “He is both a fierce competitor and a valuable team player. He always led by example, and his teammates responded to his work rate.”
Meyers played in all 25 games in the championship campaign, while starting in 10 of the matches. He tallied one goal and five assists this year, helping the Falcons to finish the season with 23 wins and 2 ties.
“We have been thrilled over Aaron’s success these past three years. We look forward to following him next year in his senior season,” said Kuk.
Congratulations to Aaron Meyers and the Messiah Falcons on their ninth national championship.