Division I Men’s Final: Clemson 2, Washington 0
Thanks to two early scores and some strong defense down the stretch, Clemson men’s soccer defeated Washington to win the 2021 College Cup. It is the third title in program history for the Tigers, who knocked off the No. 1, 2, 4 and 9 overall seed on its tournament run.
Clemson scored less than thirty seconds into the match when Washington’s goalkeeper missed a clearance and Isaiah Reid cleaned it up for the Tigers. Reid scored the second goal 14 minutes later.
The Huskies got moving in the second half – they registered seven shots and four corners – but nothing fell their way.
Division II Women’s Final: Grand Valley State 3, Saint Rose 2 (2OT)
Grand Valley State’s Kennedy Bearden clinched the seventh NCAA National Championship for the Lakers with a golden-goal in double overtime. Grand Valley State has now won the last two DII titles, having won in 2019, and not having the chance to defend its title because the NCAA canceled fall 2020 championships for Division II.
Bearden opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the regulation, but Saint Rose’s Mia Klammer answered at the hour mark. Cecilia Steinwascher netted a goal in the 72nd minute for the Lakers, only for Ciera Lundy to answer for Saint Rose in the 76th. Bearden scored at the 100-minute mark to win the match.
Division II Men’s Final: Cal State LA 1, Charleston (WV) 0
A rematch of the 2019 championship game tipped a different way the second time around. Cal State LA’s men’s soccer team topped Charleston (WV) and is bringing home the first national championship trophy in program history.
The Golden Eagles scored on an early goal by Simon Johansen before holding off Charleston’s offense to claim the 1-0 victory. Cal State LA finished the season on an 18-game unbeaten streak.
Johansen scored in the 21st minute off of a feed from Carl Solli. After that, the Golden Eagles relied on their defense, which ranked No. 2 in the nation with 0.540 goals allowed per game, to handle Charleston’s No. 3 ranked offense. Possession and shot totals favored Charleston, but nothing could find its way to the back of the net.