The Marshall Thundering Herd is officially the national champion of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) 2020 Men’s College Cup after defeating third-ranked Indiana 1-0. The championship game took place at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
It was a close game all the way through, but Marshall’s Jamil Roberts, a senior, got the first and final goal of the night in overtime after a shot from his teammate, Victor Dias, was blocked at the goal.
Throughout the game, the tenth-ranked Herd chose to play a tight defense with fewer players on the offensive end. The Hoosiers chose to play a very forward game, trying to constantly push past Marshall’s defense at a fast rate.
In the end, it was Marshall’s patience that allowed them to set up the final shot.
Marshall’s victory is the university’s first Division 1 national soccer championship in franchise history and the school’s first national championship in more than 20 years. It is also the first time an unranked team has won the national title in the NCAA.