In what could be his farewell game, Jordan Morris
showed why he is the first collegian to play on the U.S. national team in two decades, scoring the first two goals and winning a penalty that
produced the third goal in Stanford's 4-0 win over Clemson in the NCAA Division I men's final. The championship game was in sharp contrast to the semifinals, both of which went to penalty kicks
after 0-0 draws. Stanford-Clemson: Highlights
Morris scored just 87 seconds into the final
on passes from Eric Verso
and Corey Baird
. The Cardinal broke the game open in the second half on a great individual goal by Morris, a penalty kick by senior Brandon Vincent
perfectly placed shot by Verso, a fifth-year senior.
Morris, who played for the senior national team and under-23 national team during the 2015 college season, is only a junior but
expected to turn pro after the college season. The Seattle Sounders have made him the biggest Homegrown offer in MLS history, but he also has interest from clubs in Europe.
a one man-show, however. He got great support up front from Foster Langsdorf
and Baird and Verso in midfield. Like Morris, Langsdorf, Baird and Verso are all MLS academy products.
In the semifinals, Stanford survived a 10-round shootout to beat Akron, 8-7. Baird had the decisive kick after keeper Andrew Epstein
saved the 10th attempt by Akron's Nate Shultz
Clemson won its shootout over Syracuse, 4-1, getting a key stop by keeper Andrew Tarbell
on Oyvind Alseth
in the first round. The Orange had a huge edge in play,
finishing with a 15-5 shot advantage, but could not beat Tarbell.
TRIVIA. Only twice before has a team won an NCAA Division I men's final by as many as four
goals: Saint Louis over San Francisco in 1969 and San Francisco over SIU-Edwardsville in 1975, both 4-0 wins.
Dec. 13 in Kansas City,
Stanford 4 Clemson 0. Goals: Morris (E.Verso, Baird) 2, Morris (Baird, Langsdorf) 51, Vincent pen. 71, E.Verso 74.
Stanford -- Epstein, Skundrich, Nana-Sinkam,
Vincent, Hilliard-Arce, Meehan, Thompson, E.Verso, Baird, Morris, Langsdorf. Subs: Bashti, Werner, Mosharrafa, M.Verso, Kahl, Marion, Liberty, Corti, Hyman, Alabi.
Clemson -- Tarbell,
Jones, Fisher, Bunk-Andersen, Mafi, Clowes, Shannon, Moreno, Melvin, Casner, Campos. Subs: Murphy, Happi, Chinchilla, Burnikel.