For the second season running, the Stanford Cardinal are on top of the college soccer world.
After a full scoreless match, the Cardinal emerged victorious for the second consecutive season, claiming a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Wake Forest to win Sunday’s College Cup final.
Much like Stefan Frei played the hero for the Seattle Sounders in Saturday’s MLS Cup, it was Stanford keeper Andrew Epstein who came up big for the Cardinal, with two saves in the shootout. Epstein crucially stopped a shot in the fifth-round, when Wake Forest had a chance to secure their own victory, before saving the very next penalty from Brad Dunwell to end the match.
Stanford becomes the first repeat champion since 2003-2004, when Indiana won the title for the second straight season.