Georgetown wins NCAA title by beating Virginia on penalty kick
CARY, N.C. -- 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 Sunday night.
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 and give the Hoyas (20-1-3) the victory.
Derek Dodson, Paul Rothrock and Daniel Wu scored in regulation for the Hoyas.
Virginia (21-2-1) countered with goals by Joe Bell, Daniel Steedman and Daryl Dike.
Georgetown appeared on the verge of winning regulation when Dodson broke a 2-2 tie with 9:37 left in the second half. But Dike forced overtime when he booted a rebound of his own miss into the top of the net with 4:58 remaining in regulation.
Virginia was bidding for its eighth national championship and third since 2009. Georgetown was playing in its second NCAA final.It lost 1-0 to Indiana in the 2012 championship game.