Tyler College of Texas won the National Junior College Athletic Association men’s soccer title with a victory over Georgia Perimeter College in a match decided by penalty kicks.
After regulation play and overtime produced a scoreless tie, the Apaches made all five of their penalty kicks while the Jaguars made three of four. Freshman defender Martin Seiler nailed the deciding kick for Tyler (21-0).
The Jaguars (22-2) were making their sixth straight trip to the nationals, held this year in West Windsor, N.J. They won in 2005 now have three second-place finishes – 2004, 2007 and 2009.
Ninety minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods failed to produce a winner even though each team had several good opportunities. GPC could not take advantage despite playing the final 8:49 of regulation and through the overtimes with a one-man advantage after Tyler midfielder Harry Machacha received his second yellow card, producing an automatic red card.