GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Less than 24 hours after they both played 100-plus minutes in a national semifinal, Amherst College and Connecticut College met on Saturday night in the 2021 men’s Division 3 national championship game.
Once again, 90 minutes wasn’t enough to settle the contest between these two NESCAC rivals at UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium. Two 10-minute overtime periods also wasn’t enough.
This classic needed penalty kicks. And in the end, it was Connecticut College defeating Amherst, 4-1 in the PK shootout, to capture the program’s first-ever national title.
"It’s a really surreal feeling, because as a player you work your whole life dreaming about this moment and as a coach you go into coaching to live for moments like this," said CC head coach Reuben Burk, whose team finished 18-4-2. "It’s been a dream for so long and once you’re living in the moment, honestly, it’s tough to do an interview because you’re at a loss for words."