After neither team scored in regulation or overtime, WSU freshman Korbin Tafoya scored in the sixth round of the penalty shootout to secure the Wildcat victory.
It’s WSU’s sixth national championship and second in the past three years (1992, ’94, ’95, 2002, ’09, ’11).
WSU defeated Delaware (3-1), Minnesota (2-1), Connecticut (1-0 OT), Cal Poly (3-0) and North Carolina (3-0) this year before defeating Missouri for the championship. Those six games were played over a grueling three days, Nov. 17-19. WSU head coach Will Rader praised his team’s determination and focus in a field that featured 80 teams and 1600 athletes.
“We trained very hard all season to be prepared for this,” said Rader, who also won the championship as a player in 2002. “The team never questioned anything our coaching staff asked of them. We have a very special group of players that were willing to train in the rain, sleet and snow to accomplish our goal of representing Weber State at Nationals. The weeks leading up to Nationals, our team worked harder than ever, including early-morning training sessions and fitness sessions at the pool.”
WSU’s Cord Stimpson and Jeff Rogers were awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Goalkeeper awards respectively. Other Wildcat players Aaron McKinley, Clay Perry and Josh Stuart were named to the All Tournament Team along with Stimpson and Rogers.
The Wildcats finished the season with a 23-2-1 record.
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- Will Rader, WSU men's soccer club head coach
- Jonathan McBride, office of Media Relations
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