Unseeded Marshall tops IU for first soccer title

CARY, N.C. — Jamil Roberts scored in the 98th minute and Marshall beat Indiana to win its first College Cup championship 1-0 in overtime Monday night.

Marshall’s fans rushed the field following Roberts’ game-winner. The Thundering Herd became the first unseeded team to win a national title since Santa Clara in 2006.

Indiana was making its 16th overall trip to the championship game. The Hoosiers were trying for their ninth title and first since 2012.

Roberts, who was drafted by Sporting Kansas City earlier this year, also scored the lone goal — on Marshall’s only shot — in the team’s semifinal victory over North Carolina on Friday. He finishes the season with five goals.

Marshall had eliminated top-seeded Clemson on penalties and then downed Georgetown in the quarterfinals.

Herbert Endeley scored in the 79th minute and Indiana advanced to the championship with a 1-0 semifinal victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night.

The Thundering Herd, boosted by a large contingent of fans, peppered Indiana goalkeeper Roman Celentano with shots, but he made seven saves, including a dive to deflect Vinicius Fernandes’ shot to the corner in the 23rd minute. Celentano had 10 shutouts going into the final.

Victor Bezzera’s free kick was stopped by Oliver Semmle in the 49th minute, but Indiana was offside. Semmle finished with one save.

The men’s College Cup has gone to overtime 17 times, and seven times it has gone to penalties.

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