Men’s Soccer Reaches NCAA Final Four in San Antonio

The Montclair State University men’s soccer team in front of the famous Alamo.

“Remember the Alamo.” That famous phrase has new meaning for the Montclair State men’s soccer team.

In 2011, the Red Hawks put together the greatest season in the 54-year history of men’s soccer at Montclair State by reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in San Antonio, Texas. The squad became just the fourth team among all sports at Montclair State to reach a national championship tournament Final Four round.

It was a magical ride for the Red Hawks under first-year head coach Todd Tumelty ’07, who joins baseball’s Kevin Cooney as the only two coaches in University history to lead their team to the national finals in their first year of coaching.

Montclair State fell to Ohio Wesleyan in the semifinal although they stood toe-to-toe for much of the game with the eventual national champions. The loss couldn’t dampen the excitement of appearing in the Final Four, a goal that had always seemed to elude the Red Hawks.

The 2011 Montclair State men’s soccer team finished the year with a record of 19-4-3. It was a season filled with exciting moments, thrilling victories, and memories that will last a lifetime.