After three straight scoreless draws in the College Cup dating back to last year, Stanford forward Jordan Morris delivered what would end up being the game-winning goal just 88 seconds into the final on Sunday.
The junior forward, who has a record-breaking homegrown player deal waiting for him should he sign with Seattle Sounders, buried a finish past Clemson goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell after teammates Corey Baird and Eric Verso did most of the work. Morris added a second - his 13th of the season - six minutes into the second half when Foster Langsdorf sent a long ball that Morris collected and fired home after spinning his way through two defenders.
A take down just inside the box of Morris by Clemson midfielder Paul Clowes set up Brandon Vincent's penalty kick goal to make it 3-0 and Verso's 74th minute goal made Stanford the first team since St. John's in 1996 to score four goals in a College Cup final.
Stanford's back line, which has a potential top 10 pick in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft in left back Vincent, also featured a couple of Lancaster County natives who were in the Philadelphia Union Academy U16 setup back in the "club and country" pre-Development Academy days of 2012-13: junior center back Brian Nana-Sinkam and sophomore right back Drew Skundrich. Together with Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Vincent, the former PA Classics teammates limited Clemson to only one shot on goal.
Stanford did get the benefit of referee Chris Penso's decision to swallow his whistle when Saul Chinchilla was taken down in the box by Cardinal keeper Andrew Epstein late in the first half, one of two non-calls in the first half that included what appeared to be a straight red challenge on Morris by Clemson defender Aaron Jones. Given Clemson's proficiency from the spot on Friday, a penalty call there would have almost guaranteed a 1-1 tie going into halftime, but instead the game ended up the most lopsided final since St. Louis beat San Francisco 4-0 way back in 1969.
Though the title was the first for a Stanford men's soccer program that dates back to 1911, it marked the 40th year in a row that a Stanford athletic program has won a national championship. Head coach Jeremy Gunn became only the fourth college soccer coach to win national championships in Division II and Division I.