CARY, N.C. (AP/Staff Reports) – Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero stopped Virginia’s Axel Gunnarsson in the seventh round of penalty kicks to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship.
The teams fought through two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods after finishing regulation tied at 3, leaving penalty kicks to decide the game.
Both teams made their first six penalty kicks, and Aidan Rocha made the seventh for Georgetown, forcing Gunnarsson to attempt to match it. Romero moved to his right to thwart the shot.
Virginia erased deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 in regulation to force its fifth overtime match of the season. The Cavaliers found themselves trailing by a goal with 9:37 remaining in the match before the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Player, Daryl Dike (Edmond, Okla.), scored his third goal of the College Cup. The sophomore striker took a rebound off his own shot and buried the final equalizing goal into the top of the net with 4:51 left in regulation.
The two overtime sessions saw a total of five shots, three from the Hoyas and two from the Cavaliers. Only one of the attempts landed on target, an Irakoze Donasiyano (Roanoke, Va.) shot that was punched away by Georgetown keeper, Tomas Romero, in the first overtime.
Both teams were successful on their first six penalty kick attempts and Georgetown’s Aidan Rocha put the Hoyas up 7-6 in the seventh round. Romero guessed right on an Axel Gunnarsson’s attempt to the left side of the goal to clinch National Championship in a best-of-five shootout format.