KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Four Pine Tree State players helped Lancaster (Pa.) Bible College to a third-place finish Saturday at the National Christian College Athletic Association men’s soccer championships.
Brothers Brandon and Bradley Wilcox of Alton, Andrew Kofstad of Presque Isle and Kyle Lambertson of Waterboro were part of the Chargers’ squad that finished 2-1 in the eight-team tournament, including a 5-2 win Saturday over Providence University College of Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, in the third-place game.
Bradley Wilcox, a sophomore forward whose 107 goals during his high school career at Bangor Christian stood as a state record until being surpassed this fall by Madawaska’s Ian Lee, scored his fourth goal of this season to help Lancaster Bible rally from an early 1-0 deficit against Providence and record its best-ever finish at the nationals.
The Chargers’ previous best finish was fifth, which they had done three times, most recently in 2010.
Brandon Wilcox and Lambertson, both seniors and fourth-year players for coach Tom Ardt’s club, were team captains for Lancaster Bible this season, while Kofstad is a sophomore reserve goalie for the Chargers.
Fifth-ranked Lancaster Bible opened tournament play Wednesday night by advancing to the semifinals for the first time with a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Manhattan (Kan.) Christian.
That set up a matchup Thursday against top-seeded two-time defending national champion Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
The Chargers took Moody Bible into overtime after Chargers’ goalie Stefan Smith stopped a penalty shot with 2:51 left in the second half.
But Moody Bible struck for the only goal of the match 34 seconds into overtime to advance to Saturday’s championship match, which it won for the third straight year by defeating Northland International University of Dunbar, Wis.