Virginia tops UCLA on penalty kicks for NCAA title

Dec 14, 2014 3:59 PM

CARY, N.C. (AP) - Virginia beat UCLA 4-2 on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie to win the NCAA men's soccer title Sunday.

The Cavaliers won the College Cup when Riggs Lennon slipped a low shot past diving UCLA goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. in the fifth round.

The Cavaliers (14-6-3) won their seventh national title, their first since 2009. They beat Akron that year, also winning on penalty kicks after a scoreless match.

Virginia led 2-1 after three rounds of penalty kicks with UCLA's Gage Zerboni and Willie Raygoza both missing on blasts off the crossbar.

Patrick Foss of Virginia and Larry Ndjock of UCLA converted to set the stage for Lennon's left-footed winner.

Edwards made three saves for UCLA (14-5-5).

Virginia's victory came 17 years to the day of the last time it met UCLA in the NCAA final, a 2-0 victory by the Bruins in Richmond, Virginia.

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