Morrisville State Men’s Soccer Posts Dramatic Title Win, Claims First NEAC Championship Title and NCAA Bid

The Morrisville State College Mustangs celebrate their first-ever NEAC Men's Soccer Championship.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. – The second seeded Morrisville State College Mustangs claimed the program's first-ever North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men's Soccer Championship title Sunday, posting a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory over host and top seed Penn State Abington in Fort Washington, Pa.

The victory gave the Mustangs an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Championship Tournament, the first in the history of the program.

Playing to a draw for much of the first half, Penn State Abington senior Julian Ward (Philadelphia, Pa.) broke the scoreless tie by collecting a rebounded save and chipping it past Morrisville State keeper Rob Larkin (Clinton, N.Y.) for the goal advantage at the 39:35 mark. Sophomore Alex Martins (Philadelphia, Pa.) and senior Joshua Clinger (Hempfield, Pa.) were credited with the assists on the play.

Abington would cling to that lead for the rest of the half and almost the entire second half, but Morrisville State was able to tie it up on a goal from sophomore Joey Plummer (Gates, N.Y.) from about 20 yards out that deflected high over Abington keeper James Carlin (Fallsington, Pa.) with 4:54 remaining on the clock, which ultimately forced the game into overtime.

The extra frame wouldn't last long, as Abington would be whistled for a foul within the box, awarding Morrisville State a penalty kick just 1:01 in.

Sophomore Jacob Chase (Cooperstown, N.Y.) took the free kick, firing the ball up the middle and under the crossbar to give the Mustangs a 2-1 victory and the title. It was the second game-winning goal in as many days for Chase, helping him earn the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.

Larkin registered the victory in net, making three stops, all in the second period.

Carlin finished with six saves for Abington.

Morrisville State improves to 15-4-1 overall and will await further tournament information following the NCAA selection show which is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at www.ncaa.com.  NCAA tournament information will be announced as it is made available.


*Majority of this release courtesy of Brandy Thurston, Morrisville State College sports information director

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men's and women's tennis.