CLEMSON, S.C., DEC. 6 -- Clemson won its second national soccer title in the past four years today, defeating San Diego State, 2-0, in the NCAA tournament championship match at Clemson.
Freshman Richie Richmond, subbing for injured all-America Bruce Murray from Churchill High School, scored on a 12-yard shot in the final minute of play to seal the win for Clemson (18-5-1).
Senior Paul Rutenis gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead at the 22:31 mark of the half on a five-yard header off an assist by Murray following a throw-in from the corner.
That lead held up despite San Diego State's more aggressive second-half play as the Aztecs missed three opportunities in the final 45 minutes.
Richmond, who came in after Murray suffered an ankle sprain with 18:25 left, took a long pass from freshman Pearse Tormey, and chipped the ball past Aztecs goalie Bryan Finnerty to start the Clemson celebration with 41 seconds left to play.
Clemson, the 23rd team selected to the 24-team playoff field, had a 13-6 edge in shots against the Aztecs (20-6), the 24th team invited. Finnerty made six saves, and Clemson goalie Tim Genovese, recording the first shutout of a San Diego State team in 48 matches, had two.