December 13, 2015
FIRST FOR STANFORD
Cardinal men crush Clemson to capture College Cup
KANSAS CITY, Kan.--U.S. national team striker Jordan Morris scored twice as Stanford took a 4-0 victory over Clemson in the NCAA Menís Championship at Sporting Park Sunday, the first national title in the Cardinalís century-long soccer history.
Morris scored in the second and 51st minutes as Stanford (18-2-3) dominated the match, played in a rainstorm. Morris scored 87 seconds into the contest as the Cardinal tied the record for largest victory margin in the final with the highest goal difference since San Francisco blanked SIU-Edwardsville, 4-0, in 1975.
Morris also earned a penalty kick in the 71st minute, converted by Brandon Vincent. Eric Verso added the fourth goal in the 74th minute.
"We are in awe of some of the incredible things he does," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said of Morris, who totaled 13 goals this season.
Stanford, which started its soccer program in 1911, reached three previous College Cups, falling in the final in 1998 and 2002. The Cardinal became the fifth school to win both the menís and womenís titles, the Stanford women winning in 2011.
Clemson, which edged Syracuse on penalty kicks in the semifinals, finished 17-3-4.