Howard's Soccer Team Captures NCAA Title

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Palm Beach Daily News

MIAMI (UPI) — Howard University's soccer team, comprised of stars from nine nations on three continents has scored a stunning 3-2 upset of America's finest home-grown soccer talent from St. Louis University, to capture the NCAA national soccer championship.

The win broke a 44-game winning streak for St. Louis, was the first title for the Bisons of Howard, and the NCAA reported it was the first national sports title for a black university since the start of the NCAA in 1906.

Former Cypriot soccer star and now Miami Dolphins placekicker Garo Yepremian kicked out the first ball at the Orange Bowl Thursday night and said afterwards.

"These kids are better than the pro soccer teams were in this country four or five years ago."

The glory of victory was heaped on inside left Alvin Henderson of Trinidad, who was intrumental in getting undefeated Howard past Harvard 1-0 in the semifinals.

With his father, a World Cup referee, looking on, Henderson tied the score 1-1 in the first period assisted on the Bisons' second goal, and scored the winning goal in the opening seconds of the third period.

That 3-2 lead held, and the team from Washington, D.C. did the unbelievable: For over 40 minutes they paralyzed St. Louis which had won the last two titles and eight of the 12 previous championships.