The # 3 Stanford Cardinal defeated the #2 Indiana Hoosiers, 1-0, on the pitch to take home its third national championship in three years. Stanford is the first program to win three straight men’s soccer NCAA titles since Virginia (1991-1994).
Both teams’ defense continued to shine in the first half both going scoreless heading into the locker room then again in the second half. But in the second overtime, redshirt junior midfielder Sam Werner scored at the 102 minute from a throw-in to seal the deal. Stanford’s final record finishes at 19-2-2.
The Cardinal were lead again this year by head coach Jeremy Gunn, who’s been at Stanford since 2012. He’s led the men’s program to rapid success as he’s the lone head coach to bring all three national championships to the program.
A Stanford men’s national championship looks particularly beautiful next to the women’s program who won the National Championship last week with a 3-2 win over UCLA. This is be the first time ever that both a men’s and women’s program were to win national championships in the sport, in the same year. The men’s soccer national championship also moves Stanford ahead of all time team championships over UCLA with 115.
Stanford athletics continues to prove that not only can you recruit competitive and intelligent student athletes, but that you can win at the highest level, at nearly every sport.
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