It was a nice clear Sunday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Carry, North Carolina for the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer National Championship game between Virginia and Georgetown. The conditions were much better compared to two days prior when both teams won their respective semifinal games in the pouring rain with the field as close to unplayable as you can possibly get. Kickoff was shortly after 6 p.m. local time and nobody knew that the winner would not be decided for another 3+ hours. Georgetown were coming off a 2-0 win over Stanford and Virginia took down their ACC rival Wake Forest by a score of 2-1 in the semifinals. Those victories are what got these two teams to this point to face off for the coveted College Cup trophy.
It was a game featuring the top two defenses in Division 1 men's soccer. The irony of this is that these two teams produced the highest scoring national championship game since 1980. When one goal would have thought to have been the difference, it was actually one save that decided the champion. There were a total of six goals and 13 made penalty kicks before Tomas Romero made the first save of the penalty kick shootout when he denied Axel Gunnarsson in the 7th round of penalty kicks. It was 3-3 after 90 minutes and after two 10-minute periods of overtime was not enough, penalty kicks had to decide the winner.
Although it seemed like the game would never end after the first 13 penalty kicks were converted, it was Georgetown who ultimately prevailed in an instant classic against the Virginia Cavaliers. With that win, the Georgetown Hoyas are College Cup Champions for the first time in program history. It was a game that every single player on Georgetown will never forget as they lifted the trophy in what turned out to be an extremely successful campaign for the Big East powerhouse. You have to tip your hat to Virginia who put up an incredible effort but in the end a winner had to be determined. Players from both teams gave it everything they had from the opening kickoff to the last penalty kick and it will be a game that anyone playing and watching that game will remember for a long time. It was a game that provided much more than we could have possibly asked for and it is the Georgetown Hoyas who are the 2019 NCAA Men's College Cup champions for the first time ever.