Marshall fans rushed onto the pitch after Roberts’ game winner. The Thundering Herd became the first unranked team to win a national title since Santa Clara in 2006.
“Not bad for a small school in West Virginia with a bunch of internationals, eh?” Roberts said.
Indiana was on his 16th trip overall for the championship game. The Hoosiers were chasing their ninth title and the first since 2012.
Roberts, a native of England who was drafted by Sporting Kansas City earlier this year, also scored the lone goal – on Marshall’s lone shot – in the team’s semi-final victory over North Carolina. North Friday. He ends the season with five goals.
“There is a moment to be enjoyed right now. I don’t want to think too far into the future and I don’t want to think about the past four years. I just want to live in this amazing moment, ”said Roberts.
Marshall knocked out seeded Clemson on penalties and then beat Georgetown in the quarterfinals.
Herbert Endeley scored in the 79th minute and Indiana advanced to the championship with a 1-0 semi-final victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night.
“We did everything we could to win this game. It’s the hardest I’ve ever seen this team work, ”said Indiana defenseman AJ Palazzolo after the loss to Marshall. “We just couldn’t find the time to achieve this goal. But we were convinced. They just had a lucky little goal there at the end. But it’s a great team. “
The Thundering Herd dotted Indiana goaltender Roman Celentano, who made seven saves including his dive to deflect Vinicius Fernandes’ shot into the corner in the 23rd minute. Celentano had 10 shutouts before the final.
Victor Bezerra’s free kick was stopped by Marshall goalkeeper Oliver Semmle in the 49th minute, but Indiana was offside. Semmle ended with a save.
Roberts’ decisive goal came amid a scramble in front of the net. Celentano stopped a shot from Marshall, but the ball fell and hit the post, and Roberts blew it into the net.
“Luckily I’m in the right place at the right time, and that’s what we’re training for,” said Roberts. “I do this run 20 to 30 times in a game, but it takes just once for the ball to drop, and as the coach always says, ‘We love tap-ins.’ It was the best way to end this incredible season. “
Coach Chris Grassie said: “It was just one of those times when time stood still. “
The Men’s University Cup had 17 overtime and seven penalties.
Indiana has participated in the College Cup 21 times, more than any other program in tournament history.
Earlier Monday, Santa Clara won the Women’s College Cup title on penalties after a 1-1 draw with seeded Florida State.
The NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments, delayed from the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, were held entirely in North Carolina to reduce travel and avoid various local restrictions nationwide.