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Pilots Flight Report: Men's Soccer - National Tournament

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Pilots Flight Report: Men's Soccer - National Tournament

The Providence Pilots competed in the NCCAA National championship in Kissimmee, Florida last week. The Pilots proved to the nation that they are a national contenders and will be for years to come.

The week started in round robin play and the Pilots came out swinging by defeating Grace Christian College in a solid 2-0 game on Tuesday night. The very next day the Pilots had to face Manhattan Christian College and came out with a dominate performance out shooting Manhattan 21 to 4 and earned a 3-1 victory. That Victory earned them a spot in the NCCAA National Final where the Pilots had to face Pensacola Christian College.

The National final was a true final where both teams came out to play. The game was back and forth with each side swapping quality chances, but both goaltenders shut the door and let nothing in during the first 90 minutes. It took overtime, and late in the 9th minute of the first overtime period, Pensacola captain got a shot on net where he finished to win the National Championship.

This is the second time that Providence Men’s soccer have made the national championship. The last time was in 2007 where head coach Joey Passi, and women’s coach Tory Walker, played as players for Providence and took the team to the final (Lost 2-1). Women’s Head coach Tory Walker has this to say, “Since Joey and I have been freshman, its been our goal to win a national championship here for Providence. Now, since we started coaching together five years ago, that hasn’t changed. We are building our programs to be national contenders and as you can tell, we are very close.”

Even though the season didn't end with a national title, we are very proud of this team and how they have grown and fought this year. We are proud of the character we’ve seen through the wins and losses and proud of how they represented Providence, and most importantly, Jesus Christ.

Game #1 Nationals
GAME: Providence Pilots vs Grace Christian University Tigers
SCORE: Win 2-0
DATE: Tuesday, November 19
LOCATION: Austin Tindale Soccer Complex. Kissimmee, Florida

Game #2 Nationals
GAME: Providence Pilots vs Manhattan Christian College
SCORE: Win 3-1
DATE: Wednesday, November 20
LOCATION: Austin Tindale Soccer Complex. Kissimmee, Florida

Game #3 National Final
GAME: Providence Pilots vs Pensacola Christian College
SCORE: Loss 1-0 (OT)
DATE: Saturday, November 23
LOCATION: Austin Tindale Soccer Complex. Kissimmee, Florida

PLAYER’S VIEW: "It’s tough to put such a result and season into words, especially when, for a few of us, it’s our last season as a pilot. Nationals specifically was an amazing experience where we went in incredibly excited and confident in what we were going to accomplish. From here, we do our best to focus on the wins that we did have throughout the season, and what we can remain proud of, despite such a heartbreaking ending. To say I’m proud in my teammates may feel fake to some when we didn’t win, but to me it’s an understatement to such a hardworking, tightly knit, loving and caring team that I had the honour of finishing off my career with." - Jonathan Fulford.

"What can I say? From last year to this year we had massive turnover and our roster was completely different. However, the guys that returned and the 13 freshmen that joined our program proved to be warriors and we ended up making 3 finals out of 3 tournaments this year. Not only that, but we did that by committing to playing an attractive, possession style of soccer that looked to attack whenever possible. Of course, the higher your goals, and the higher your expectations, the more you can set yourself up for disappointment and sadness. Losing the national final in overtime to a very good team in Pensacola was devastating to us and the seniors who gave their heart and souls to achieving a national championship. I'm gutted, and the players are gutted, but overall it was a fantastic year where we accomplished a lot with a team that was incredibly close and enjoyed playing together. Quite frankly, I'm sad the ride is over, it was a tremendous one. Big shutout to the boys who did a fantastic job and competed their hearts out in a crazy game where everything was on the line." - Joey Passi

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