EVANS, Ga. — The Carson-Newman men’s soccer team’s Cinderella run in the NCAA Division II playoffs ended Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Southern New Hampshire in the national championship game at Blanchard Woods Park.
“First of all, congratulations to Southern New Hampshire. They played well, they did well, they did what they had to,” said Eagles coach Richard Moodie.
After a scoreless first half, Miguel Carneiro came through with a goal for Southern New Hampshire (22-1-1) with 16 minutes remaining in the match.
After the Penmen were awarded a penalty kick in the 86th minute, Pierre Omanga placed the ball in the lower right corner of the net to make it 2-0.
With a little more than two minutes left on the clock, a brawl broke out on the field that spread into the stands. Two Eagles and one SNHU player were sent off with red cards.
With six seconds left, Ross Frame sent a right-footed bullet into the far side netting for the Eagles (16-6-1) to set the final score.
“I’m proud of these guys,” said Moodie, who led Carson-Newman farther in the playoffs than it had ever been. “From Day 1, I knew there was something special about them. I looked them in the eyes and told them it was the best Carson-Newman team that I’ve ever seen ... and that’s hard for me to say, because I played on one of them.”
The championship was the first for the Penmen since 1989.