The goal set off wild celebrations among the hundreds of Marshall supporters who had traveled to Cary for the final and hoisted Roberts in the air. Similar displays took place in city of Huntington, which closed off 9th Street between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue to allow restaurants to set host watch parties for the Marshall game.
"Not bad for a little school from West Virginia with a bunch of internationals, eh?" said Roberts, one of nine foreign students in the Herd's starting lineup.
Marshall is the fifth West Virginia school to win a national men's soccer championship and gives the state two reigning champions.
Davis & Elkins was a national power, winning the NAIA title in 1968 and 1970 under Coach Greg Myers and finishing second in 1969 and 1971. D&E's star was goalkeeper Bill Nuttall, who joined Myers when he moved to the NASL's Miami Toros and later became the U.S. men's national team general manager. Another member of the 1968 and 1970 national championship teams was Hank Steinbrecher, later U.S. Soccer's general secretary.
West Virginia Wesleyan later won five NAIA titles with three different coaches (Tom Martin, Derrick Leeson and Gavin Donaldson) before the Bobcats affiliated with the NCAA Division II.
Charleston won the NCAA Division II title in 2017 and 2019 after finishing second in 2014 and 2016, and Bethany won the 1994 Division III title.
May 17 in Cary, N.C.
Marshall 1 Indiana 0. Goal: Roberts 98.
Marshall -- Semmle, Dossantos, Fernandes, Dolabella, Roberts, Alves, Mocyunas, Schneider, Leinhos, Yosef, Dias. Substitutes: Souza,.
Indiana -- Celentano, Maher, Palazzolo, Munie, Schmidt, Sessock, Goumballe, Endeley, Bebej, Bezerra, Warr. Substitutes: Wittenbrink, B.Yeagley, Ward.