You know what a synonym is, right? Webster says, “one of two or more words…that have the same or nearly the same meaning in some or all senses.” Examples: fast and quick, mistake and error, cute and adorable, Messiah College and soccer. You don’t have to live (reside, abide) in Grantham very long to realize that soccer is huge (gigantic, large, big) at Messiah College. It’s no wonder why — the men’s team just won their fifth national championship in six years, and the women won it all in 2005 and consistently earn their way to the final four.
The players and coaches are regularly — and rightfully — praised (lauded, commended) for their outstanding skill and performance. However, the phenomenon that is Messiah soccer would not be nearly so exciting if it weren’t for the dedication and enthusiam of legions of fans. And, in an interesting turn of events, Messiah fans have been recognized by the NCAA. In a recently released stat, Messiah College ranks first for having the highest average attendance at men’s and women’s soccer games in Division III. According to the NCAA, a Messiah men’s soccer game averages 1,194 fans per game (plus one falcon and, depending on the game, scads of marshmallows)! So, not only do we have the best soccer program in the country, we have the best fans! Yay Messiah!