Syracuse University’s men’s soccer team has won its first-ever NCAA National Championship after defeating Indiana in a penalty shootout, 7-6. The shootout was tied at 4-4 after the first round of five, but Syracuse came out on top after goalkeeper Russell Shealy made a save on Indiana’s Maouloune Goumballe’s shot and senior captain Amferny Sinclair scored the winning penalty kick.
Syracuse never trailed in the match and took the lead in the 24th minute when Nathan Opoku scored. Indiana equalized in the 32nd minute, but Syracuse responded 86 seconds later with a goal by Curt Calov. The score remained 2-1 until the 80th minute when Herbert Endeley scored for Indiana to make it 2-2.
The match ended in a draw after regulation and extra time, leading to the penalty shootout. This win marks the 80th national championship in Syracuse Athletics’ history and the 15th team title since the establishment of the NCAA Championships. Syracuse finished the season with a record of 19-2-4, the most wins in a single season in school history.
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