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Cavaliers win their first men's soccer national championship since 1994

Updated: December 13, 2009, 8:32 PM ET
By Anna K. Clemmons | ESPN.com

CARY, N.C. -- Blair Gavin lay on the WakeMed Soccer Park field late Sunday afternoon, legs sprawled out to both sides, head buried in his hands.

Seconds earlier, the junior midfielder for Akron shot a national championship-deciding penalty kick that sailed over the net, ending what many had called a season of destiny for the top-seeded, undefeated Zips. Following a scoreless draw through regulation and two overtimes, No. 2-seeded Virginia defeated Akron 3-2 on penalty kicks for the Cavaliers' ...

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