Men's College Cup: Upstart Marshall advances to final against eight-time champion Indiana

Marshall, which never previously advanced as far as the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, will face eight-time champion Indiana in Monday's Men's College Cup final.

In the last two rounds, Marshall defeated top-seed Clemson and defending national champion Georgetown. On Friday night, the Thundering Herd continued its surprising run with a 1-0 win over North Carolina, which was playing in its backyard at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

Marshall was outshot, 11-1, but made the one shot count. For the second straight game, senior Jamil Roberts had the winning goal.

"We still have a couple of levels to go, which is great to see," Herd head coach Chris Grassie said. "Something to work on over the next couple of days before the final. Which is the scary thing about this team. I don't think we have played our best football yet. So hopefully we are saving it for the big occasion."

May 14 in Cary, N.C.
Marshall 1 North Carolina 0. Goal: Roberts 60.
Marshall -- Semmle, Dossantos, Fernandes, Dolabella, Roberts, Alves, Mocyunas, Schneider, Leinhos, Yosef, Dias. Substitutes: Souza, Edwards.
North Carolina -- Smir, Pickering, Thomas, Salas, Zattarin, del Rosario, Garvanian, Schels, Herrera, Montesdeoca, Jimenez. Substitutes: Olofsson, Fisher, Rose, Sanchez.
Att.: 2,667.

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Indiana defeated Pitt, 1-0, to advance to the championship game for a record 16th time and third time under head coach Todd Yeagley.

Sophomore Herbert Endeley, a former Mr. Soccer in Minnesota, broke the scoreless deadlock in the 79th minute when he broke in from the right wing, split the Pitt defense and blasted a shot past keeper Nico Campuzano and under the crossbar.

Like ACC rival North Carolina in the opening game, Pitt had a big edge in shots (14-7) but could not score. The closest the Panthers came was in the 58th minute when a shot hit the crossbar and bounced straight down. College soccer's version of VAR confirmed the shot had not crossed the goal line.

The doubleheader drew 2,667 fans, the largest crowd for a college game in 2020-21.

“The energy was very contagious,” Endeley said. “We felt it, and it felt really nice to play in front of fans. It’s been a very long time.”

May 14 in Cary, N.C.
Indiana 1 Pittsburgh 0. Goal: Endeley 79.
Indiana -- Celentano, Maher, Palazzolo, Munie, Schmidt, Sessock, Goumballe, Endeley, Bebej, Bezerra, Warr. Substitutes: Wittenbrink, Yeagley, Ward.
Pittsburgh -- Campuzano, Loeffelsend, Crivello, Washington, Ordonez, Noel, Jacquesson, Dexter, Petkovic, Mirkovic, Walti. Substitutes: Mort, Bailey.
Att.: 2,667.
1 comment about "Men's College Cup: Upstart Marshall advances to final against eight-time champion Indiana".
  1. Marshall Jones, May 16, 2021 at 10:10 a.m.

    Ineresting contrast in rosters -- I think I counted 22 international players on Marshall and 1 on Indiana.

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