A look back: 1990 Men's Soccer Final Four
1990 Time Capsule: Saddam taunts the international community, Simpsons takes on Cosby, and Home Alone outdraws the Final Four
As students returned to campuses in late August 1990 Saddam Hussein appeared on state television with detained Westerners three weeks after Iraq had invaded Kuwait. President Bush had already began troop build-up in Saudi Arabia and the possibility of the largest U.S. military engagement since Vietnam was on the minds of all Americans as classes resumed and the new soccer season got underway. Soccer en-thusiasts had spent the early summer following Italia ’90, widely regarded as one of the most negative World Cups ever. With summer giving way to autumn, many soccer fans would trade their support for the U.S. national team and their favorite international stars for that of their college team or that of their son or daugh-ter. Elizabethtown was the defending men’s Division III champion and had their sights on a repeat while a host of other schools prepared to dethrone them.
The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the NL East (yes, Pirates once were competitive) and the re-unification of East and West Germany was completed as the regular season passed the midway point. Mid-October meant important conference games and the debut of FOX's The Simpsons in its new time slot on Thursday evenings opposite the number one watched Cosby Show. With conference play-offs looming, Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in eas-ing tensions as the Cold War came to an end. The Cincinnati Reds swept the Oakland A's in 86th World Series and Evander Holyfield KO’ed James "Buster" Douglas in three rounds for the heavyweight boxing crown while conference championships were being determined, some by regular season finish, but an in-creasing number via an end-of-season playoff.
The NCAA tournament kicked off to the sound of Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby filling the air waves as the number one single. Regional champions were preparing for their quarterfinal matches as the Democrats increased their Senate majority by one seat in the mid-term elections. The same weekend that the Elite 8 was cut down to four semifinalists, the U.N. Security Council set a January 15 deadline for Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait. A week later a couple thousand D-III soccer fans gathered at Ohio Wesleyan's Roy Rike Field for the Final Four while millions of other Americans were flocking to theaters to watch the just-released Home Alone which remains the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever. Indications are that spectators and movie-goers alike went home happy with their entertainment choice.
1990 Conference Champions (and other tournament invitees)
* - tournament participant
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin: Wheaton (IL) *
Constitution Athletic Conference: Babson*
Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: Methodist*
Independent College Athletic Conference: Rochester Inst. * (also Ithaca*)
Lake Michigan Conference: Concordia-WI
Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference: Salem St. * (also Bridgewater St. *)
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association: Kalamazoo*/Calvin (co-champions)
Middle Atlantic States Athletic Conference: Elizabethtown* (also Muhlenberg*, Scranton*, Swarthmore*)
Midwest Conference: Illinois College (their first and only MWC title)
Minnesota Intercollegiate Conference: Macalester* (also St. Thomas-MN*, St. John’s-MN*)
New Jersey Athletic Conference: Kean* (also Trenton St.*, Glassboro St. *, Montclair St.*)
North Coast Athletic Conference: Kenyon* (also Wooster*, Ohio Wesleyan)
Northern Illinois-Iowa Intercollegiate Conference: Aurora/Judson (co-champions)
Ohio Athletic Conference: Hiram
Old Dominion Athletic Conference: Virginia Wesleyan*
Presidents Athletic Conference: Bethany-WV*
Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: Principia (Reg. Season: MacMurray*) (1st year of SLIAC)
State University of New York Athletic Conference: Cortland*
Independents: Cal St. San Bernardino*, Mary Washington*, UC San Diego*, Rochester (NY) *, Washington U. *, Western Conn. St. *
1990 Division III Tournament
In 1990 the tournament field expanded to 32 teams to make for a complete five-round tournament with-out byes. This format would remain in place until 1997 when the field expanded in conjunction with the in-troduction of automatic berths to qualified conferences. The first and second rounds were played in four-team regionals the first weekend followed by quarterfinals the next weekend and concluding with the Final Four the third weekend. During this phase in the tournament's history, the regionals strictly adhered to the eight geographical regions (New England, New York, Metro, Mid-Atlantic, South, Great Lakes, Central, and West) used for rankings and honors with each region having four teams invited who would play each other to advance to the quarterfinals. This resulted in a lot of re-matches from the regular season and previous tournaments which have been minimized in the past decade.
During the eight years with this format, 1990 was the only time in which the bracket wasn't split with New England, Mew York, Metro, and Mid-Atlantic on one side and the South, Great Lakes, Central, and West on the other. In 1990 the Mid-Atlantic and South traded places. Another oddity in 1990 was that one first round pairing was moved to a preliminary round leaving the Central Regional with three teams and a bye while the West had the extra team and game. The was done to reduce travel costs by keeping the three participating teams from Minnesota together instead of split between the Central and West Regionals.
All participants were selected on an at-large basis and numerous conference champions were not invited. Favorites were defending champion and #1 ranked Elizabethtown who were undefeated in 26 straight games dating back to 1989, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a single regular season loss coming off back-to-back Final Fours, Wheaton (Ill.) who were riding a 13-game winning streak after two early season losses, and 1988 champions and 1989 semifinalists UC San Diego carrying just two losses.
Preliminary Round: St. Thomas-MN 1, St. John’s-MN 0
First Round: Babson 2, Bridgewater St. 0 | Salem St. 3, Western Conn. St. 1 (2ot) | Cortland St. 2, Rochester-NY 0 | Rochester Inst. 2, Ithaca 0 | Bethany-WV 2, Mary Washington 1 | Me-thodist 2, Va. Wesleyan 1 (2ot) | Kean 3, Trenton St. 2 | Glassboro St. 4, Montclair St. 1 | Kenyon 7, Wooster 4 (2ot) | Ohio Wesleyan 1, Kalamazoo 0 | Elizabethtown 1, Swarthmore 0 (2ot) | Scranton 3, Muhlenberg 1 | MacMurray 1, Washington U. 0 | St. Thomas-MN 1, Macalester 0 | UC San Diego 1, Cal St. San B’dino 0
Second Round: Salem St. 1, Babson 0 | Cortland St. 1, Rochester Inst. 0 | Bethany-WV 1, Methodist 0 (2ot, PKs) | Glassboro St. 1, Kean 0 | Ohio Wesleyan 3, Kenyon 0 | Elizabethtown 4, Scranton 3 (2ot, PKs) | Wheaton-IL 4, MacMurray 2 | UC San Diego 1, St. Thomas-MN 0
Quarterfinals: Salem St. 4, Cortland St. 0 | Glassboro St. 0(4), Bethany-WV 0(3) (4ot, PKs) | Ohio Wesleyan 2, Elizabethtown 1 (2ot) | Wheaton-IL 1, UC San Diego 0
1990 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Final Four
November 16-17, Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH)
Salem State College Vikings
Head Coach: Nicholas Padovani
Record (entering Final Four): 19-3-1 (.848)
Tournament Results: Western Conn. St. W3-1 (2ot); Babson W1-0; Cortland St. W4-0
Prior NCAA Appearances (7) : 1981, 1984, 1985 (quarterfinals), 1986, 1987 (Final Four), 1988 (Final Four), 1989
NCAA Record (1981-89) : 8-5-3 (.594)
Key Players*: Henrique Silva (Jr.) M (3rd Team All-American, All-Region, All-MASCAC, Team MVP) | Peter Solvstedt (All-Region) | Ahmadu Sarner (All-Region) | Samuel Yawson F (All-MASCAC) | Jesper Schonbeck M (All-MASCAC) | Brent Pearsall D (All-MASCAC) | Magnus Persson D (All-MASCAC) | Vincent Martinez (* - tournament statistics and post-season honors included)
In the 1980's, Salem St. had established itself as one the elite D-III teams in the New England region. In 1990 the school won the MASCAC title for the seventh time in eight years and was invited to the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year. They had reached the Final Four in both 1987 and 1988 before a first round elimination on penalty kicks by the Little East champion Plymouth St. in 1989. A squad that no longer had the star players from those back-to-back Final Four trips proved it was equal to the standard those teams had set. The midfield was their strong suit with three standout players. The junior Henrique Silva, originally from São Paulo, Brazil, was a provider and scorer from central midfield who would be selected third-team All-American after the season and the following year as a senior he would make the first team. Peter Solvstedt, a junior from Sweden, scored goals from midfield and would be a second team All-American the following year. Sam Yawson, a senior, had been a third-team All-American the year prior.
To reach the Final Four for the third time in four years, they first had to get out of the New England Regional which they were selected to host. For over 77 minutes in their first round game against Western Connecticut St. neither team could find the back of the net, but that changed when Silva put Salem ahead in the 78th minute only for Western Connecticut to equalize 99 seconds later. In overtime Salem quickly went in front thanks to a Yawson goal 68 seconds in and Joseph Schonbeck added an insurance goal late for the 3-1 win. Babson was their opponent in the Regional final and again the game stayed score until late, and once again Silva was the player who stepped up, scoring at the 86 minute mark for the 1-0 victory and passage to the quarterfinals. The SUNYAC champion Cortland St. emerged from the New York regional and, contrary to the opening rounds, Salem made quick work of it scoring three times in a seven-minute stretch in the first half for a commanding advantage at the break. Midway through the second stanza Magnus Persson added to the first-half goals scored by Vin Martinez, Kaba Karamoh, Samuel Yawson to send Salem back to the Final Four with a 4-0 whitewash of Cortland.
Glassboro State College Profs
Head Coach: Dan Gilmore, 15th season (230-59-23, .774 entering the Final Four)
Record (entering Final Four) : 18-3-2 (.826) | 63 GS (2.74 gpg), 12 GA (0.52 gpg)
Tournament Results: Montclair St. W4-1, Kean W1-0, Bethany-WV T0-0(4ot)(adv. on PKs 4-3)
Prior NCAA Appearances (10) : 1978, 1979 (Runners-Up), 1980 (Final Four), 1981 (Champions), 1982, 1983, 1985 (Final Four), 1986, 1987, 1988
NCAA Record (1978-88) : 14-9-0 (.609)
Key Players*: Andy Logar (Jr.) D - 10g, 8a (2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-NJAC) | Jeff McManus (Jr.) GK - 0.55 GAA, 5 SHO (2nd Team All-Region, 1st Team All-NJAC) | Bill O'Neill (Sr.) (2nd Team All-Region, 1st Team All-NJAC) | Brian St. Leger (Fr.) F - 9g, 4a (All-Region Hon. Mention, 1st Team All-NJAC) | Scott Baker (So.) F - 9g, 4a (1st Team All-NJAC) | Carl Lindmark (Jr.) F - 14g, 2a (* - tournament statistics and post-season honors included)
[Note: Glassboro State College was renamed Rowan College of New Jersey in 1992 and became Rowan University in 1997.]
1990 Glassboro State men's soccer team. photo courtesy of Rowan University athletics
Dan Gilmore was in his 15th year at the helm at Glassboro St. and was putting his name into the D-III record book for wins and winning percentage, but a second national title to add to that of 1981 had eluded him and 1990 didn't seem to be a year that would change that. It wasn't a record-setting year for his team and with three losses and two ties and a third place finish in the ever more difficult NJAC they wasn't much reason to expect a run to the Final Four. The Profs has missed out on the tournament the previous year and had gone one-and-out in 1986, 1987, and 1988. Division III had more competitive team than ever and Glassboro seemed to have fallen from among the elite teams since their Final Four finish in 1985.
The team was led by a scoring back, junior Andy Logar, who would be named a second team All-American. His 10 goals were second on the team as only Carl Lindmark, the junior forward, scored more with 14, and his 8 assists were a team high. Freshman Brian St. Leger was a revelation, scoring 9 and assisting on 4 to garner NJAC first team honors and later All-Region honorable mention. Jeff McManus was the NJAC goalkeeper of the year with a 0.55 GAA and joing senior Bill O'Neill on the All-Metro second team.
The Metro Regional was in essence a NJAC playoff with conference rivals Montclair St., Trenton St., and Kean coming to Glassboro with a place in the quarterfinals on the line. Two weeks earlier the Profs has scored two overtime goals for a 4-2 win over Montclair St. and in the first round re-match leading scorer junior Carl Lindmark scored twice in the first half to send them on their way to a comfortable 4-1 victory. That set up a re-match with the conference champion and author of one of Glassboro's three loses during the season. Kean had won the first encounter 1-0 and the regional final would be another narrow 1-0 affair, this time favoring the Profs. The quarterfinals paired them with Bethany who had just won their 12th straight Presidents' Athletic Conference title and was participating in their tenth tournament in eleven years. However this was only the second time Bethany has gotten past the second round, the other time coming in their 1982 run to the title game. The two played to a scoreless tie in regulation and through four overtime periods forcing the game to be decided via penalty kicks. Just as was the case in open play, after five kicks for each side the tally was even at 3 a piece and the shutout went to sudden-death. Junior Dan Isidor would score Glassboro’s sixth kick and senior back-up goalkeeper George Tittelmayer who subbed in just for penalty kicks stopped Bethany’s shot to send the Profs into the Final Four.
Ohio Wesleyan University Bishops
Head Coach: Jay Martin, 14th season (224-49-32, 0.787 entering Final Four)
Record (entering Final Four) : 19-4-0 (0.826) | 72 GS (3.13 gpg), 18 GA (0.78 gpg)
Tournament Results: Kalamazoo W1-0; Kenyon W3-0; Elizabethtown W2-1 (2ot)
Prior NCAA Appearances (14) : 1975 (Final Four), 1976, 1978 (quarterfinals), 1979, 1980, 1981 (Final Four), 1982, 1983 (quarterfinals), 1984, 1985, 1986 (quarterfinals), 1987, 1988, 1989 (quarterfinals)
NCAA Record (1975-89) : 13-11-4 (.536)
Key Players*: Matt Schrader (Sr.) F - 21g (2nd team All-American, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-NCAC) | Andy Kessinger (Jr.) F - 21g, 13a (3rd team All-American, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-NCAC) | Scott Gillanders (Jr.) F - 15a (1st team All-Region, 1st team All-NCAC) | Mark Molter (Sr.) D (2nd team All-Region, 1st Team All-NCAC) | Reed Welch (Jr.) GK (All-Region hon. mention) (* - tournament statistics and post-season honors included)
Ohio Wesleyan was participating in a record 13th straight tournament and 15th of the 17 in D-III history. They had reached the Final Four in 1975 and 1981 and the quarterfinals four additional times including the year before. But the ultimate prize had thus far eluded Jay Martin who was making a name for himself as one of D-III's top head coaches. They were playing in the NCAC which at the time had three top level teams with Kenyon, that year's undefeated champions, and Wooster. A loss to Kenyon resigned them to a second season in a row with the winning the title.
They played a challenging non-conference schedule opening against Washington U. (W2-0) and eventual NJAC champions Kean (W3-1) at home in their invitational tournament. Bethany-WV (L0-1), DePauw (L0-1ot), Emory (W3-2) and a strong D-II Oakland (L0-3) highlighted the schedule and served as good preparation for the post-season even if resulting in three losses. The Bishops forward line in 1990 might have been their best up to that time with senior Matt Schrader (21g) and juniors Andy Kessinger (21g) and 1979 third team All-American Scott Gillanders (15a) leading an attack that averaged 3.13 goals per game. Gillanders broke the school's career assist record, but it was goal-scorers Schrader and Kessinger who would be named All-Americans after the season. Senior Mark Molter anchored a solid defense.
Ohio Wesleyan was selected to host the Great Lakes Regional and their path to the Final Four began with MIAA co-champions Kalamazoo. With a 1-0 win, they got a re-match with Kenyon who had beaten them 2-1 ten days earlier. This time things would go quite differently as Wesleyan's offense stole the show in a 3-0 thumping. An even bigger test awaited them in the quarterfinals with undefeated defending champion Elizabethtown hosting the Bishops on the same field where they had won it all the previous November. The game pitted the tournament’s most regular participants, both having missed out just twice in the 17 years since the creation of Division III. Deadlocked 1-1 after a tough 90 minutes and one overtime period, the Bishops gave the hosts their first loss in 29 games with a huge goal in the second extra period to book their place in the Final Four.
Wheaton College (Ill.) Thunder
Head Coach: Joe Bean, 22nd season (290-97-32, 0.730 entering Final Four)
Record (entering Final Four): 20-2-0 (.909) | 73 GS (3.32 gpg), 17 GA (0.77 gpg)
Tournament Results: 1st Round bye, MacMurray W4-2, UC San Diego W1-0
Prior NCAA Appearances (13): 1974-75-76-77-78-81-82-83-84-85-86-88-89
NCAA Record (1974-89): 11-12-4 (.481)
Key Players*: Phil Wolf (Jr.) M - 18a (1st Team All-American, 1st team All-Region, 1st Team All-CCIW) | Joel Kapitaniuk (Sr.) F (2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-CCIW) | Dave Anthony (1st Team All-CCIW) | Chris Pope (1st Team All-CCIW) | Jason Henry (2nd Team All-CCIW) | Bill Pitkin (2nd Team All-CCIW) (* - tournament statistics and post-season honors included)
Wheaton won the CCIW for the third time in the first three years since joining the conference, going a combined 21-0-0 over the three seasons. It's in their non-conference slate that Wheaton proved itself as Coach Joe Bean always scheduled as many quality opponents as possible. Over the cours of the season they battled NCAC champions Kenyon (L1-2), SLIAC regular season champions MacMurray (L3-4ot), NIIIC co-champions Aurora (W2-0), DePauw (W2-0), Messiah (W2-0), and MIAA co-champions Calvin (W2-1). After those two early season losses, they finished the regular season on a 13-game winning streak to earn their 14th tournament invite, second only to Elizabethtown and semifinal opponent Ohio Wesleyan who have participated 15 times.
Coach Bean, in his 22nd season, was distinguishing himself as one of the best in the business. He still had two of his three All-Americans from 1989 at his disposal, the senior forward Joel Kapitaniuk and junior midfielder Phil Wolf, and they did not disappoint. Wolf had just set a school record for assists in a season with 18 and earlier in the season Kapitaniuk had moved into first in career goals and points at Wheaton. Though scoring was down from a then school record 3.78 per game clip in 1989, the 1990 squad still had plenty of fire power with 73 goals scored in 22 games for a 3.32 gpg average, one of the highest in D-III and the highest of the four semifinalists.
Their path to the Final Four was shortened when geographical considerations unbalanced the Central and West regionals giving them an unexpected first round bye. In the second round they met MacMurray in a rematch of their 7-goal regular season offensive exhibition in which MacMurray dealt them a 4-3 overtime loss. It would be another high-scoring affair—six goals—but Wheaton would get their revenge by a 4-2 count.
In the quarterfinals they would have to travel to UC San Diego, perhaps the largest school in D-III history, who had ascended to the highest levels of D-III in the previous five years reaching the Final Four in 1986, 1988, and 1989 and winning the title in 1988. In a tight match, the visiting Thunder prevailed 1-0 to book their place in the Final Four for the second time in their history.
Semifinal: Glassboro St. 2, Salem St. 0
Friday, November 16
The first semifinal pitted the MASCAC champions versus the NJAC champions. Salem St. had reached this stage in 1987 and 1988 while Glassboro St. were five years removed from their last Final Four appearance making Salem St. the favorite. It was raining all day in Delaware, OH and Ohio Wesleyan’s Roy Rike Field went from wet to water-logged as the game wore on. Conditions frustrated both teams as neither could get into any offensive rhythm. However, that didn’t prevent Glassboro from opening the scoring in the 17th minute when senior forward John Kennedy redirected a long throw-in past the keeper and into the Salem St. goal. They doubled their advantage at the 32 minute mark when their leading scorer, the junior Carl Lindmark, was first to pounce on the rebound of an Andy Logar shot and he promptly knocked it home. With the score 2-0 at the break, the outlook didn’t look good for Salem St. as the field conditions were only worsening. With 14 minutes left in the game, Glassboro’s junior goalkeeper Jeff McManus was involved in a collision with a Salem St. player forcing him from the game, forcing senior back-up George Tittelmayer into action. The hero of their penalty kick victory over Bethany in the quarterfinals was up for the task, making six saves as Salem St. threw everything into attack in the games closing moments. Glassboro was back in the final for the third time and first since their 1981 Championship.
16:15 Glassboro St. - John Kennedy (unassisted)
31:02 Glassboro St. - Carl Lindmark (Andy Logan)
Semifinal: Ohio Wesleyan 1, Wheaton (Ill.) 0
Friday, November 16
The second semifinal paired two of the tournament most frequent participants coached by two of Division III’s top coaches. Wheaton, coached by Joe Bean, was trying for the second national title in this their 14th tournament appearance. Ohio Wesleyan, coach by Jay Martin, in their 15th tournament was still seeking their first championship and had gotten this close twice before. The two teams were among the highest scoring in D-III, both averaging over 3 goal per game. This would be their twelfth meeting dating back to 1964, with Ohio Wesleyan leading the series 7-4 and having won the last five. In the three most recent matches, two in the tournament, Wheaton was shutout 2-0, 4-0, and 3-0. That was a trend the visitors needed to reverse and the game should have had all the makings of a classic.
Unfortunately the waterlogged field was all but destroyed by the earlier semifinal and it wouldn’t be a pretty display of the some of the finest D-III soccer. The Final Four hosts would do the better job of dealing with the conditions and their opponents and in a game of limited chances they would manage twice as many shots as Wheaton. The game was decided by Wesleyan’s soon to be named All-American duo when junior Andy Kessinger played a through ball to senior Matt Schrader who sent a 35-yard bomb goal-ward, skipping agonizingly past Wheaton’s junior net-minder Doug Allen and into the back of the net. That would be the game’s lone goal sending the Bishops to their first national final.
Ohio Wesleyan – Matt Schrader (Andy Kessinger)
Shots: O-11 W-5 | SOG: O-10 W-4 | Saves: O-4 W-9
All-American Andy Kessinger (center) assists on Ohio Wesleyan's game-winner in the 1990 semifinal. photo courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan University athletics
Final: Glassboro St. 1 (4), Ohio Wesleyan 1 (3) (4ot, PKs)
Saturday, November 17
Ohio Wesleyan was in the final for the first time ever; Glassboro St. had been there twice and won once, but that was ten years ago. In the first-ever meeting of the two schools—they have never met since—the hosts boasted the better attack while the 1980 Champions had the better defense. Starting goalkeeper Jeff McManus was back in goal for Glassboro despite leaving the semifinal having taken a knock. In contrast to the previous day, the final was played on a warm and sunny day. More than 2100 fans squeezed into the grandstands at Roy Rike Field to watch the decisive game.
The Bishop’s superior attack would produce more shots but it was Glassboro that opened the scoring when junior back Andy Logar headed home a ball from senior Bill O'Neill in the 29th minute. It would be the first half’s lone tally. In the second half Ohio Wesleyan chased the equalizer and finally in the 70th minute their persistence paid off. The junior Scott Gillanders drove to the end line and served a ball to senior Matt Schrader who volleyed home to knot things at one each. Both teams had chances to score the game-winner in the last quarter of an hour of regulation, but the score still read 1-1 when the clock reached zeros.
In the first two overtime periods Ohio Wesleyan had the upper hand, not allowing the Profs a single shot, but they left a number of good chances go begging to claim the win. The game trudged through two sudden death periods without a decisive goal and for the first time in D-III tournament history a final would be decided by penalty kicks. As they had done in the quarterfinals, Glassboro switched goalkeepers, inserting the senior George Tittelmayer for McManus who had recorded 11 saves during the game and afterwards would be selected the defensive MVP of the tournament. Ohio Wesleyan would shoot first, Glassboro second. After four shots by each team the score was 3-3. On the Bishop’s final attempt Tittlemyer came up with his second save, setting up junior Dan Isidor for the winning kick. Just as he had scored the winning kick in their quarterfinal shootout, Isidor converted his attempt for the victory and the Profs’ second national title.
28:30 Glassboro St. - Andy Logan (Bill O’Neill)
69:53 Ohio Wesleyan - Matt Schrader (Scott Gillameis)
Shots: G-10 O-26 | SOG: G-7 O-16 | Saves: G-15 O-6
Ohio Wesleyan: made | saved | made | made | saved
Glassboro: Santoro - made | Buckley - made | Baker - made | Isidor - made
National champions Andy Pappas, Bill O'Neill, and Andy Logar present Glassboro State College president Herman James with the 1990 championship trophy. photo courtesy of Rowan University athletics
Other Collegiate Soccer Champions in 1990
Division I Men's: UCLA 0, Rutgers 0 (4ot) (UCLA win in PKs)
Division I Women's: North Carolina 6, Connecticut 0
Division II Men's: Southern Conn. St. 1, Seattle Pacific 0 (ot) (SCS win in PKs)
Division II Women's: Sonoma State 2, Keene St 0
Division III Women's: Ithaca 0, Cortland St. 0-0 (4ot) (Ithaca wins in PKs)
NAIA Men's: West Virginia Weslayen 3, Boca Raton 1
NAIA Women's: Berry 3, Simon Fraser 1 (ot)
NJCAA Men's: Yavapai College 2, Passaic County Comm. Coll. 1
NJCAA Women's: Florissant Valley Community College 1, Farmingdale 0
NCCAA Division 1 Men's: George Fox 1, John Brown 0
NCCAA Division 2 Men's: Baptist Bible (PA) 3, Tocoa Falls 2 (ot)
Special thanks to the sports information personnel at Salem State University, Rowan University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Wheaton College (Ill.) for their assistance in developing this review.
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