The Stanford Cardinals’ men’s soccer team claimed its third-straight National Title with a 1-0 win against Indiana this past weekend. It took Stanford a total of 103 minutes to cement its place in history, finally defeating the Hoosiers in double overtime. Midfielder Sam Werner was credited with the championship-clinching goal at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.
Stanford Vs Indiana
College soccer fans expected this game to be close between the ninth ranked Cardinals and the number two seed Hoosiers. But something was bound to give as the two squads entered double overtime. Werner was a one man wrecking crew during the final sequence of the game. After stealing the ball from Indiana’s Griffin Dorsey, Werner stormed towards the net and fired a shot over Trey Muse’s head for the stirring victory. It was only the third goal the Hoosiers surrendered all tournament.
The road to the championship game was filled with drama for both teams. The defending champs survived a scare from unranked Pacific, but followed it up with a resounding win over top-ranked Wake Forest in the elite eight. Indiana was able to squeak out wins over tough opponents Michigan State and UNC en route to Philadelphia. With the victory, Stanford becomes the first team since Virginia of the early-90s to win three-straight National Titles.
This was one of the most memorable tournaments in men’s Division I history. Fordham was the cindarella team of the tournament, while both Michigan and Clemson could be in contention for biggest disappointments of the ranked teams. Wisconsin’s four goals in a win over Illinois-Chicago was the best offensive performance of the tournament. In addition to carving out a spot in the record books with a third consecutive title, Stanford also became the first program in history to claim soccer’s ultimate prize in both men’s and women’s competition in the same year.