No. 9 Clemson beat No. 2 Notre Dame 2-1 on Monday night to win its second national title in three years. Seniors Brandon Parrish and Ousmane Sylla both scored goals.
Clemson (15-3-5) is going to its sixth championship game in school history and second in three years. The Tigers have won the title three times, in 1984, 1987, and 2021. In the 2021 playoffs, the Tigers also beat Notre Dame.
Notre Dame (13-3-6) was trying to win its second title in program history. In 2013, it won the College Cup.
He scored his eighth goal of the season in the 27th minute, giving his team a 1-0 lead. Bryan Dowd dove to block a clearance attempt, but Parrish blocked it with his chest and sent a redirected shot from far away past him.
This season, Clemson is now 11-0-1 when they are ahead at halftime.
In the 58th, Parrish also cleared the ball off the goal line to keep the score at 1-0.
In the 70th, Sylla scored his 13th goal of the season and set up 10 others, giving his team a 2-0 lead. He was named the offensive player of the year. Alex Meinhard received the ball from Sylla out wide near the middle of the field. He dribbled into the box and crossed the ball to the penalty area for a wide-open goal.
Tyler Trimnal was called for handball in the 89th minute, and Paddy Burns made the penalty kick. This was Joseph Andema’s fifth straight shutout in the NCAA Tournament.
Another good chance to score for Burns came in the 56th minute, when he was left wide open at the back post. However, his shot went off the crossbar because he wasn’t balanced.
For Clemson, Andema made three saves. The team gave up 18 goals in its first 18 games but only one in its last five. The Tigers didn’t give up a goal for 449 minutes during the event. They were very close to becoming the sixth champion to do so.
The Irish beat the Tigers 3-2 on September 9 in their first game of the season. It was tied at 2–2 when Parrish scored again in that game. In the 50th minute, Daniel Russo of Notre Dame scored the game-winner from a free kick.