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Stanford knocks off Indiana to capture third consecutive NCAA title

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Prior to this weekend, only one team in NCAA men’s soccer history had won three or more titles in consecutive years. Now, you can add Stanford to that list.

The Cardinal knocked off the Indiana Hoosiers, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium behind Sam Werner’s extra-time winner.

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Werner, who also scored the second goal for the Cardinal in Friday night’s 2-0 victory against the Akron Zips, provided the finish in the second overtime after powering a shot over Hoosiers goalkeeper Trey Muse.

On the cold day in Chester, PA, both sides struggled to come up with chances on goal, with the Hoosiers managing just one shot on target in the match.

Prior to 2015, Stanford had never won a College Cup in school history, however, the Cardinal are now tied for sixth in NCAA history with their third championship.

The University of St. Louis has captured the most titles in men’s soccer, with 10, while Indiana’s eight championships rank second.

Stanford reaches third straight NCAA title match, will face Indiana

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Only one team has ever won three or more consecutive NCAA men’s soccer titles, and another side has moved one step closer to equalling that feat.

The Stanford Cardinal reached its third straight NCAA final on Friday night, after earning a 2-0 victory against the Akron Zips.

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Stanford has won the last two NCAA titles, but has a chance this weekend to become the second team to ever win three straight crowns (1991-94 Virginia Cavaliers).

The Pac-12 side scored on both sides of halftime on Friday, with Foster Langsdorf nabbing the opening tally after brilliantly executing a diving header past Zips goalkeeper Ben Lundt.

Meanwhile, Sam Werner doubled the advantage for the Cardinal, and ensured their place in the championship match, after brilliantly striking a left-footed shot from near the left end line with 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

In Friday’s other national semifinal, the Indiana Hoosiers topped the North Carolina Tar Heels, 1-0, behind Andrew Gutman’s second-half finish.

The Tar Heels fell asleep defending a corner kick early in the second stanza, allowing Gutman to sneak into the back post and bury his close-range opportunity.

Hoosiers goalkeeper Trey Muse performed admirably in net, picking up his NCAA record-tying 18th shutout this season.

Indiana will be going for its ninth NCAA soccer title in school history when they take on the Cardinal on Sunday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium, while a win would be Stanford’s third-ever triumph.