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Clearwater Wins 2nd Straight National Soccer Championship!
(11/13/10) Clearwater Christian College won its second straight NCCAA D2 National Soccer Championship, defeating Ohio Christian University 2-0 in the national championship final. Tyler Spraul and Carl Lassegue scored in the first half as the Cougars built an early lead and never looked back.
Clearwater came out strong in the first half, dominating possession against the Trailblazers and creating numerous scoring chances. The Cougars broke through in the 11th minute after team captain Tyler Spraul scored on a rebound after Drew Custer had broken free and served a cross to Juan Robayo for a shot that fell to Spraul's feet for the finish. Spraul's goal was his fourth of the tournament and 18th on the season.
The second goal came in the 34th minute as Carl Lassegue knocked down a ball over the top from Adam Beam and calmly blasted the shot past the Ohio keeper.
In the second half, Clearwater continued to dominate possession but couldn't capitalize. For the match, the Cougars outshot the Trailblazers 18-5. As the game ended, the Cougar team celebrated their 2nd consecutive national championship with a huge crowd of loyal fans that made the trip to Kissimmee for the final.
After the win, Coach Whitaker commented about the season and the win: "This was a great way to cap off an amazing season. I'm so proud of our guys and the way they have played and continued to improve all season. This win was the result of a lot of hard work and a team-first attitude. I'm happy for this outstanding group of seniors who have worked so hard and been the cornerstone of our team."
With the shutout, the Clearwater defense continued to be dominant as it has been all season long. For the season, the Cougars had 12 shutouts and only gave up 1 goal in 10 matches against NCCAA D2 competition.
Clearwater had a several players named to the All-Tournament team for their outstanding play all week. Goalkeeper Anthony DeRosse was named all-tournament, Tyler Spraul was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and Jeff Crews was named the Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. The NCCAA and the NSCAA will announce their All-American, Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year selections on December 11.
The national championship is the 2nd straight for the Cougars. Clearwater finishes the season with an overall record of 14-5-1 and 9-0-1 against NCCAA competition.
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