KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Charleston took home its first NCAA Division II title on Saturday afternoon as the Golden Eagles topped Lynn, 3-1, in penalty kicks to win the 2017 title in men’s soccer.

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UC celebrates national title.

The two teams played to a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes to send the game into penalties. After the teams traded makes in the first round, UC keeper Paulo Pita came up with a save to start the second round. Robin Lapert stepped to the spot and converted his attempt, and Pita made another save to start the third round. Patrick Guier then converted his attempt forcing Lynn into a must-make situation to start the fourth round. Pita made the save again which started the celebration in the corner for the University of Charleston.

Charleston had an edge in shots, 12-6, but both teams had similar scoring opportunities as the Fighting Knights had three shots on frame and the Golden Eagles had four. UC had the only corner kicks in the game (2-0), and Lynn was called for 21 fouls in the game compared to just 13.

Story by Adam Zundell-Mountain East Conference

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