1979 NCAA Division I Soccer Championship

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1979 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship
Country USA
Teams 19
Champions SIU Edwardsville (1st title)
Runners-up Clemson (1st title game)
Matches played 19
Goals scored 66 (3.47 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Obed Ariri, Clemson (5)

The 1979 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship was the 21st organized men's college soccer tournament by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the top college soccer team in the United States. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars won their first national title by defeating the Clemson Tigers in the championship game, 3-2. The final match was played on December 9, 1979, in Tampa, Florida, at Tampa Stadium for the second straight year.[1][2]

Early rounds[edit]

  First round Second round Third round Semifinals
    San Francisco 3  
      Santa Clara 2  
    San Francisco 2  
    SIU Edwardsville 4  
    SMU 0
      SIU Edwardsville 2  
  Saint Louis 1
  SIU Edwardsville 2  
    SIU Edwardsville 2
    Penn State 1
    Indiana 5
      Cleveland State 0  
  Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1
  Cleveland State 2  
    Indiana 0
    Penn State 2  
    Penn State 3
      Princeton 1  
  Philadelphia U. 0
  Princeton 1  
  First round Second round Third round Semifinals
    American 1  
      Virginia 0  
    American 0  
    Clemson 1  
    Clemson 1
      South Carolina 0  
    Clemson 4
    Columbia 1
    Hartwick College 2
      Columbia 3  
    Columbia 5
    Rhode Island 1  
    Connecticut 2
      Rhode Island
(OT, PK)

Championship Rounds[edit]

Third-Place Final[edit]


9 December 1978
SIU Edwardsville 3–2 Clemson
Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 5,500