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Hoyas win first Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

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Hoyas win first Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

It was a showdown like no other in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday night.

Right down to the wire. 

After two scoreless 10 minute overtimes, it all came down to a seven-round penalty kick shootout where a save by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero won it all for the Hoyas, 3-3 (7-6 PKs).

Romero stopped Virginia's Axel Gunnarsson to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship. 

After 17 goals in the tournament, Georgetown University won the 2019 Men’s College Cup National Champions over Virginia.

It was a very back and forth battle between the two teams. 

Virginia jumped out on top. In the 10th minute, Junior midfielder Joe Bell scored the first goal and his 7th goal this season putting UVA ahead 1-0. 

Junior midfielder Paul Rothrock responded with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute, putting Georgetown on the board and tying the game 1-1.

In the 22nd minute, Georgetown Freshman Daniel Wu had a set-piece, scoring his first goal of the season and extending the Hoyas lead 2-1. 

Later in the 58th Daniel Steedman gave the Cavaliers a spark tying it up 2-2. 

It looked as if the Hoyas had it in the bag when Derek Dodson broke the tie in the 81st minute putting Georgetown on top 3-2 but that didn't last very long. 

Inside five minutes to go in regulation time, Daryl Dike attempted a header which was deflected but followed through with his own rebound regaining the tie 3-3 for UVA.

That is where things got interesting.

After a hard-fought game, two overtimes and a penalty kick shoot out the Hoyas would go on to take the title over the Cavaliers winning 7-6.

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Ohio State's Chris Holtmann and Maryland's Mark Turgeon are now possibly feuding over tip times

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann and Maryland's Mark Turgeon are now possibly feuding over tip times

If you haven't heard already, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon is tired of the Big Ten scheduling late tip times for his Terrapins. Other coaches in the conference have certainly heard and one spoke his mind about it. 

After barely squeaking by Minnesota on Wednesday, Turgeon made it a point in his postgame interview to speak his mind on a 9:00 pm ET (8:00 pm local) tip. 

"Here's the deal. My goal is to be in my driveway before 4:30. We played a 9:00 game in Minnesota on a weeknight. It makes no sense," Turgeon told Big Ten Network.

Apparently Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann took issue with that remark. Just a day later he was very poignant on the issue.

"It was great having a 9:00 pm tip. We could get in here early and it was great having a 9:00 pm tip," Holtmann said in his opening statement after a 21-point win over Nebraska.

Holtmann didn't directly call out Turgeon, but it would be hard to stretch that to a coincidence. 

Now, Turgeon was the first to admit that he might have let the emotion of the moment consume him (the final minute of regulation lasted 16 minutes of real-time in a thrilling buzzer-beating win). He also had just learned that their team plane was having issues, which would delay their arrival back in College Park. 

"I want to apologize to the Big Ten," Turgeon said postgame. "I made a comment about, 'I just want to be in my driveway by 4:30. We shouldn't have played this game.' Apologize to the Big Ten. Whatever you throw at us, I love being in the Big Ten, it's a great league.

"All the leadership. So I apologize for that. We'll get home eventually. We've got plane problems. So me popping off probably caused the plane problems. So we'll get home sometime. Sorry."

Back to Holtmann though. It is also not the first time that Holtmann has had some pointed comments for the Maryland coach. 

The day following Ohio State's upset win over the Terps on Sunday, Holtmann took a moment out of his media availability to make an issue of Turgeon calling Buckeye center Kaleb Wesson a "bully." He did though continuously reaffirm his respect for the coach. 

"I think it's inappropriate. I've never seen this much conversation after a loss," Holtmann said. "Those comments afterwards were quite honestly a little bit out of place."

All signs are now pointing to Holtmann not being really fond of Turgeon. Or it could be merely of coaches posturing themselves to their fans and the conference. You can be the judge. 

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Cal Ripken Jr. congratulates Terps' Anthony Cowan Jr. on becoming the latest 'Iron Man'

Cal Ripken Jr. congratulates Terps' Anthony Cowan Jr. on becoming the latest 'Iron Man'

Anthony Cowan Jr.'s time at the University of Maryland has been filled with big buckets in clutch moments. But above all else, Cowan has been one thing for the Terps: consistent.

On Wednesday night, for Maryland's thrilling last-second win over Minnesota, Cowan started his 127th consecutive game. Now a senior, Cowan has never missed a game in his Maryland career. The start on Wednesday allowed him to pass Keith Booth for the most consecutive starts in school history.

An impressive feat, Cowan is now the Terps' "Iron Man."

Among all the congratulations, Cowan received a special one from one of the all-time Iron Men: Cal Ripken Jr. The former Orioles shortstop, who played in a record 2,632 straight games, sent a message to Cowan welcoming him to a special group.

The Hall of Famer, who has been in attendance at Maryland games in the past, said the best part about being an Iron Man is that you're someone everyone can rely on. He sees a lot of that in the Maryland guard.

"I wanted you to know that we can all count on you," Ripken Jr. said. "Keep things rolling and good luck in March."

If Maryland wants to make a deep run in March, it'll need Cowan to continue to be consistent. The good thing for the Terps is that he knows no other way.

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