The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 8, 2013

Midd-West grad hands Messiah NCAA men's soccer title

By The Daily Item
The Daily Item

SAN ANTONIO — Messiah junior Jeremy Payne showed just why he was The Daily Item’s Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year twice while in high school this weekend.

The Midd-West graduate came through in the clutch with a double-overtime golden goal in the 104th minute, which sent Messiah to a 2-1 win over Rutgers-Camden.

Payne’s goal gave the Falcons their second straight NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Championship and 10th in program history.

The Midd-West alum hit his game-winner on the Falcons’ eighth shot of the overtime periods, and their 32nd of the game.

Payne helped early in the first half when he fed a ball to Brian Ramirez, who found the back of the net for the opening goal.

Payne ends his junior year with 17 goals — second best on the team behind only Joshua Wood — and 10 assists. He had 44 points on the year and fired 98 total shots.

The game-winning goal was Payne’s sixth of the season.

The junior midfielder also added a header goal in the NCAA semifinals on Friday in a 4-0 win over Williams College.

Payne earned numerous accolades during his sophomore season, including being named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year and first team All-Conference. He was also recognized as the National Player of the Year last season.