Virginia Cavaliers was beaten by Georgetown Hoyas in the shootout in NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup. Despite ending the tournament as runners-up, an Oceanian player wrote his name in Cavaliers’ history: Joe Bell.
Bell was a key player for Cavs during the whole season and he was also an important player in the final against Hoyas by scoring the opening goal of the match to give Cavaliers the 1-0 lead.
However, Georgetown Hoyas managed to net twice to take the 2-1 advantage to the dressing room in the halftime. Virginia’s draw came later when Daniel Steedman scored in the middle of the second half. The two goals scored by Cavaliers were not enough – Hoyas scored a third goal in the 80th minute but Daryl Dike pushed hard to score for Cavs in the 85th minute to tie the match at three and take the final to the Extra Time.
The tie remained throughout the extra time full of emotions so the NCAA College Cup final was decided in the shootout. After several shots, Hoyas won by 7-6 in the Penalty Kicks to win the NCAA College Cup for the first time ever.
Bell scored seven goals and delievered four assists throughout the season. He is on of the three finalists for 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy, an award given to the best player of NCAA Division I men’s soccer season. The winner of Hermann Trophy will be announced on January 3rd.