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Eagles Soar In its first postseason appearance, Central Methodist (Mo.) wins 2018 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship.

IRVINE, Calif. - Central Methodist (Mo.) took home its first national title in school history after defeating Missouri Valley 4-3 on penalty kicks in the 2018 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship on Saturday night at OC Great Park Soccer Stadium.

No. 3 Central Methodist 2, No. 5 Missouri Valley 2 (CMU 4-3 PK)

Scoring plays

18:58 | Missouri Valley 1, Central Methodist 0 -- Gianmarco Donnini header off Luka Gluscevic corner-kick

39:41 | Missouri Valley 1, Central Methodist 1 -- Rodrigo Paredes header off Marcos German corner-kick

46:02 | Central Methodist 2, Missouri Valley 1 -- Marcos German shot from 15-yards after clearance

69:58 | Central Methodist 2, Missouri Valley 2 -- Ruben Jimenez shot from 8 yards after Luke Gluscevic's free kick from 45 yards

  • Marcos German was named the most outstanding defensive player of the tournament, but he did it all, finishing with three goals and three assists in four games.
  • Rodrigo Paredes, the tournament's most valuable player, finished with two goals and one assist and was a force in the midfield for Central Methodist.
  • Despite the loss, Missouri Valley landed three players on the All-Tournament Team, including Gianmarco Donnini, who scored his second goal in as many games in the final.
  • Central Methodist goalkeeper Vince Gelei stopped two penalty kicks to ensure the win for his Eagles team.
  • RECAP | Central Methodist takes home first national championship in school history

HIGHLIGHTS: Central Methodist 2, Missouri Valley 2 (CMU wins 4-3 in PKs)

2018 NAIA All-Tournament Team

Most outstanding offensive player | Teren Schuster, Cardinal Stritch

Most outstanding defensive player | Marcos German, Central Methodist

Most valuable player | Rodrigo Paredes, Central Methodist

Forward | Teren Schuster, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

Forward | Yuri Farkas, Madonna (Mich.)

Forward | Adrian Gutierrez, Central Methodist (Mo.)

Forward | Stefan Cvetanovic, Oklahoma Wesleyan

Midfielder | Liam Heywood, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)

Midfielder | Rodrigo Paredes, Central Methodist (Mo.)

Midfielder | Michael Conejero, William Carey (Miss.)

Midfielder | Johnny Buckle, William Carey (Miss.)

Defender | Mitchell Osmond, Rio Grande (Ohio)

Defender | Marcos German, Central Methodist (Mo.)

Defender | Gianmarco Donnini, Missouri Valley

Defender | Noah Dalle, Missouri Valley

Goalkeeper | Joe Smith, Madonna (Mich.)

Goalkeeper | Patrick Irankunda, Missouri Valley

Central Methodist coach Alex Nichols talks national championship win

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