Cal State LA beats Charleston (WV) 1-0 to win first national championship in program history
The Cal State LA Golden Eagles are national champions at last. They scored in the 21st minute of the title match against Charleston (WV) and made that goal stand up the rest of the way.
Defender Simon Johansen scored the goal, and keeper Alvaro Unanua made four saves to complete the shutout. Cal State LA gets its revenge after falling to Charleston (WV) in the 2019 title match.
It was an impressive defensive display from the tournament's top-seeded team. And that defense was the story for the Golden Eagles in both matches in Colorado Springs. Across 200 total minutes of play in the semifinal (which went to penalties) and final, they conceded zero goals. They limited the explosive Charleston offense to only four shots on goal for the game.
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Cal State LA holding onto 1-0 lead with 10 minutes left in DII final
The Golden Eagles of Cal State LA are holding on for dear life in the DII men's soccer final. With 10 minutes left, they still lead 1-0 over Charleston (WV).
Charleston has had the significant portion of the possession in this second half but cannot really get anything major going in the offensive third of the pitch. Cal State LA has been rock solid in the back, and keeper Alvaro Unanua has saved all 4 shots on goal.
Cal State LA takes 1-0 lead into halftime of title match
Cal State LA is one half away from a national championship. In a rematch of the 2019 national championship match, Cal State LA leads Charleston (WV) 1-0 thanks to a goal from Simon Johansen in the 21st minute.
Charleston has held the possession advantage but has yet to be able to do anything with it, recording just one shot on goal so far.
But being down at halftime is actually a bit of familiar territory for Charleston. In the semifinal against UIndy, it went down in the first half then rallied for an 84th-minute goal to equalize before eventually winning in penalties.
In the second half, we'll likely see Cal State LA play for a decisive second goal for a bit then really put the defensive clamps down to prevent Charleston from tying the match.
Cal State LA strikes first in national championship match
Cal State LA is first on the scoreboard in the DII men's soccer national championship match.
Golden Bears' defender Simon Johansen scored just his second goal of the season in the 21st minute to give his squad the lead. Carl Solli set it up with the assist.
That's the only shot on goal of the match so far. Charleston (WV) has an explosive offense, which will need to go to work against the stingy Cal State LA defense.
Cal State LA, Charleston (WV) to meet today in DII men's soccer final
Do not adjust your computer. Charleston (WV) and Cal State LA are set to square off in the DII men's soccer championship match for the second time in as many tournaments. While the teams are the same, Cal State LA hopes this outcome is different after losing in 2019.
The match between two Golden Eagles' teams will take place at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs. Fans can stream the match live here on NCAA.com by clicking on the game link below:
2021 DII men's soccer final
If the semifinals were any indication, the final might go the distance. Both Cal State LA and Charleston won their matches on Friday in penalty kicks, so in addition to championship game nerves, tired legs might be an X-factor, especially if extra time and penalties come back into play tomorrow evening.
Charleston has been a fixture at this point, making its fifth final appearance since 2014, having split the first four for a pair of national championships. Cal State LA could lift its first national title trophy in program history.
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Charleston wins in PKs to advance to 2021 DII men's soccer championship match
After trailing for 84 minutes and never having a lead all night, Charleston won 5-3 in penalties over UIndy.
Charleston was able tie it up with six minutes left thanks to a touch just outside the goal box from Alejandro Larrayoz. The Golden Eagles would hold off UIndy from scoring in both overtime periods while also getting a few chances to win it.
It eventually all came down to overtime to decide who would face Cal State LA in the 2021 DII men's soccer championship. Charleston was perfect in penalties all five players made their shot to get the job done. The Golden Eagles did bring in new keeper for penalties, Ian De Oliveira Martins. He stopped the first shot from UIndy, and that was enough to send his team to the championship match.
Charleston will face a familiar foe on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Golden Eagles met with Cal State LA to decide the 2019 title. Charleston came out on top that year winning 2-0 to earn its second DII men's soccer national championship.
Saturday's match will begin at 5 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed live from Colorado Springs on NCAA.com.
Charleston forces overtime vs. UIndy thanks to late goal
Just when it seemed as though all hope was lost for Charleston, the Golden Eagles tie the game with just six minutes remaining. Alejandro Larrayoz is able to find the back of the net from the goal box.
Charleston was controlling possession and pressing the entire second half after going down 1-0 in the first half.
First team to score in overtime will win and advance to the championship match to take on Cal State LA. If it remains tied after both overtime periods, the two teams will go to penalty kicks.
UIndy takes a 1-0 lead into halftime
UIndy struck first in its semifinal matchup against Charleston. In the 30', Kendall Allen was able to get the Greyhounds on the board with a great shot from a tough angle on the left side of the penalty box.
Other than the one score, there wasn't much action for either team offensively. Both recorded one shot on goal. Charleston and UIndy both are playing a very physical game so far, each have at least six fouls in the first half of play.
Cal State LA beats Nova Southeastern in PKs, advance to DII men's final
It wasn't pretty, but Cal State LA is going to the final of the 2021 DII men's soccer tournament.
The Golden Eagles outlasted the Sharks of Nova Southeastern in penalties after 110 total minutes of scoreless play in regulation and extra time. Cal State won the penalty shootout 3-1, thanks to a closing stretch of three saves in a row from goalkeeper Alvaro Unanua.
The Golden Eagles will advance to Saturday's final, when they'll face the winner of tonight's second semifinal. Here's how things look right now:
- No. 1 Cal State LA 0(3), No. 4 Nova Southeastern 0(1) | Final (PKs) | Match stats
- No. 2 Charleston (WV) vs. No. 3 UIndy | Kickoff 10:30 p.m. ET tonight | Watch live on NCAA.com
If you're a fan of uptempo, attacking, dynamic soccer, this was not the match for you, not that anyone from Cal State LA will be complaining. What started as a cagey affair in the early going developed into a defensive struggle with both sides playing more not to lose rather than to win.
Extra time and penalties soon seemed inevitable, and that's where the match headed. Penalty takers from each team were shaky at the start, then Unanua took over to push Cal State LA over the top.
Cal State LA and Nova Southeastern heading to overtime
Ninety minutes won't be enough to determine the first finalist in the 2021 DII men's soccer tournament. Still tied at 0-0, top seed Cal State LA and Nova Southeastern are going to extra time in their semifinal matchup.
It's been an absolute defensive lockdown of a match. Each team only has one shot on goal. If still tied after two periods of extra time, the match will go to penalty kicks.
Watch overtime live on NCAA.com here.
Cal State LA, Nova Southeastern scoreless at halftime in first DII semifinal
The DII men's soccer semifinals are still looking for their first goal. It was a tense, cagey first half between No. 1-seed Cal State LA and No. 4 Nova Southeastern.
Only one shot on goal was the combined total in the half for both teams. This type of match is familiar for the Golden Eagles, at least recently, after they won their quarterfinal by a score of 1-0 over Cal Poly Pomona.
An early goal to start the half will certainly change the entire feel of the match and open things up. Otherwise we might be looking at extra time.
You can watch the second half live on NCAA.com here.
No score early between Cal State LA, Nova Southeastern in DII men's soccer semifinals
Top-seeded Cal State LA and No. 4-seed Nova Southeastern are still feeling each other out early on in their semifinal match in the DII men's soccer tournament.
The Golden Eagles have registered the only shot on goal so far, an effort from midfielder Jorge Orellana that was saved by Sharks keeper Alberto Ciroi.
But Nova Southeastern is starting to take hold of the possession and keep Cal State LA pinned in its own half.
You can stream the match live on NCAA.com here.
DII men's soccer: Semifinals schedule for Thursday
By the end of Thursday, the 2021 NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship finalists will be decided. The two semifinal matches will take place Thursday night:
- 7 p.m. ET | No. 1 Cal State LA vs. No. 4 Nova Southeastern
- 10 p.m. ET | No. 2 Charleston (WV) vs. No. 3 UIndy
You'll be able to watch livestreams of the two semifinals here on NCAA.com.
The four teams in the semifinals were reseeded before Thursday's matches.
In the quarterfinals, Cal State LA beat No. 4 Colorado Mesa 2-1, Charleston (WV) defeated No. 4 Millersville 2-1, UIndy defeated No. 6 Fort Hays State 2-0 and Nova Southeastern topped AUM 3-1.
Semifinal seeds, matchups set in 2021 DII men's soccer championship
The last four teams in the 2021 DII men's soccer tournament have been re-seeded and paired up for their matches in the semifinals.
Cal State LA will be the top seed in the semifinals, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 9. Weidner Field in Colorado Springs will host both matchups. Fans will be able to watch both matches live here on NCAA.com by click on the game links below. Here are the matchups and schedule (all times Eastern):
- No. 1 Cal State LA vs. No. 4 Nova Southeastern | 7 p.m.
- No. 2 Charleston (WV) vs. No. 3 UIndy | 10 p.m.
Click or tap here to view the full 2021 DII men's soccer bracket. For a printable version, go here.
After Thursday's semifinals, the final will be on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. ET.
Four teams are headed to the DII men's soccer semifinals
We now know the four teams that will fight for a spot in the 2021 DII men's soccer national championship. UIndy and Cal State LA, the last remaining No. 1 seeds, advanced to the semifinals, along with No. 2 seed Charleston and No. 7 seed Nova Southeastern.
Charleston earned the most exciting victory of the day, scoring a golden goal in double overtime. Then Nova Southeastern clinched the biggest upset of the day, downing No. 5 AUM, 3-1.
Here are the results from Saturday's action:
- No. 2 Charleston (WV) 2, No. 4 Millersville 1 (2OT)
- No. 7 Nova Southeastern 3, No. 5 AUM 1
- No. 1 UIndy 2, No. 6 Fort Hays State 0
- No. 1 Cal State LA 1, No. 7 Cal Poly Pomona 0
Matchups are still to be determined, but we do know the date of the semifinals — Thursday, Dec. 9.
This page will be updated once we learn the semifinal matchups.