Clemson Wins College Cup After Washington Keeper Whiffs On Clearance 26 Seconds Into Game

The Tigers have their third NCAA Tournament championship and first since 1987.

Clemson captured the 2021 Men's College Cup on Sunday after defeating Washington 2-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC, behind two goals from junior forward Isaiah Reid — the first coming just 26 seconds into the match.

A Tigers clearance was launched up the pitch into Washington's third, and Huskies goalkeeper Sam Fowler rushed out to meet the danger with Reid chasing. But the sophomore keeper failed to make any contact with his attempted hoof, and Reid calmly guided a left-footed effort into the empty net. 

14 minutes later, Reid made it 2-0 by planting a looping header back across goal and into the far corner. 

In Clemson's remarkable Cinderella story, this represented the team's largest margin of victory in the tournament. In the second round, Clemson beat Denver 1-0 in extra time. In the third, Clemson scored with one minute remaining in regular time to beat Kentucky 2-1. The Tigers then got by Oregon State in the quarterfinals in a penalty shootout, and they again triumphed in a shootout win over Notre Dame in the semis.

They were a team of destiny.

It's Clemson's third title but first since 1987. The first came in 1984.

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