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.
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.
College soccer is awesome.
In the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, the No. 1 overall seed Maryland were leading 4-1 heading into the final 21 minutes. No problem, right?
Then, Providence College exploded into life, scoring four times (including two stunning long-range strikes) in 11 minutes to win 5-4 and seal a dramatic win which sends them through to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I tournament at the expense of Maryland.
The Terps were undefeated all season and red-hot favorites to win it all. Wowza.
Click play on the video below to see the madness play out.
And here is how Providence celebrated defeating the favorites to win the 2016 College Cup in shocking fashion as they’ll now face Creighton on Saturday.
The bracket for the NCAA men’s soccer tournament was unveiled Monday, and Maryland is the No. 1 seed.
Thirty-two teams play first round matches for the right to play at a seeded team in the second round.
The NCAA tries to restrict travel for the first few rounds, which leads to a non-scientific bracket. There are outliers, as Colgate has to travel to UCLA and New Mexico to Portland.
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There is no secondary postseason tournament in D1 soccer, with 48 of the 206 men’s D-1 teams off to the tournament.
Here’s how the tournament begins:
Providence/Delaware winner at (1) Maryland
Creighton/Tulsa winner at (16) Kentucky
South Florida/Florida Gulf Coast winner at (9) North Carolina
Dartmouth/St. Francis Brooklyn winner at (8) Syracuse
Cal State Northridge/Pacific winner at (5) Stanford
Vermont/Rider winner at (12) Virginia
Loyola Chicago/Illinois-Chicago winner at (13) Notre Dame
UCLA/Colgate winner at (4) Louisville
South Carolina/Mercer winner at (3) Clemson
Boston College/Fordham winner at (14) Albany
New Mexico/Portland winner at (11) Washington
San Diego State/UNLV winner at (6) Denver
Akron/Villanova winner at (7) Indiana
Virginia Tech/East Tennessee St winner at (10) Charlotte
Michigan State/SIU Edwardsville winner at (15) Butler
Coastal Carolina/Radford winner at (2) Wake Forest