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Messiah College have advanced to the National Championship game as they look to play for their tenth title as they managed a 4-0 win over Williams on Friday night at Toyota Field.

Williams started the match well with plenty of possession but they just couldn't break down the perennial title contenders, who stole a goal against the run of play.

That goal came just eight minutes in to the match as Brian Ramirez was able to put the finishing touches on an impressive counter.

That goal seemed to wake up the Falcons who were then able to really dominate possession for the remainder of the match as they passed the ball around with ease.

The possession advantage allowed Messiah to double their lead in the 29th minute as Mike Kovach played Jeremy Payne in allowing him a simple finish for the second.

Messiah seemed to let off the scoring chances a little in the final stages of the first half, more content with passing the ball around and working on their possession game than the score line, which they comfortably controlled, heading to the break 2-0 up.

Messiah continued that domination in to the second half and four minutes in to the second half as Ramirez turned provider with a cross that saw Carter Robbins put it away for the third goal.

That third goal allowed the Falcons to rotate the squad ahead of the championship on Friday but despite so many substitutions the Ephs still struggled, getting only one shot on target all match.

In the 63rd minute the match was well and truly sealed as Joshua Wood was able to find Danny Brandt making it four and seeing Messiah really let off the pressure.

From there Messiah really cruised through the final 28 minutes, holding possession and never really giving Williams a sniff of even a consolation goal as they made it to the national championship game with a 4-0 win.


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