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The Herd wins national soccer championship

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 11:35 PM EDT
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CARY, N.C. (WSAZ) - The Marshall Thundering Herd men’s soccer team has defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in the NCAA College Cup championship game in overtime.

Senior Jamil Roberts scored the game-winning goal.

The win marks the first-ever Division I national championship in soccer for the Herd and the first national championship in school history since their football win in 1996.

Marshall University wins NCAA soccer championship
Marshall University wins NCAA soccer championship(WSAZ)
Marshall University wins NCAA soccer championship
Marshall University wins NCAA soccer championship(WSAZ)

Marshall fans back in Huntington went wild when Roberts scored the game winner.

Members of the Big Green held a watch party in the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe. Fans erupted when they saw the winning score.

“I went ‘Oh my gosh, it’s going in,’ and it went in,” Marshall fan Monica Lucas said. “I couldn’t believe it. I looked at my husband, and I was like ‘Holy crap, we just won the national championship!’”

Voice of the Thundering Herd Steve Cotton, who’s been calling Marshall games since 1996, was among the large crowd at the Hall of Fame Cafe. When asked how this win compared with others, he said, “It’s just unbelievable -- the drama, the emotion, and in overtime Jamil Roberts etches his name in Marshall history with the Penningtons, the Leftwiches, and the D’Antonis, and on and on and on -- one of the great moments you could ever imagine.”

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