HUNTINGTON — After the Marshall men’s soccer team secured a national championship, Huntington dubbed itself a soccer town.
The Herd won the NCAA Soccer Tournament on Monday night with a 1-0 overtime victory against No. 3 Indiana. While the team was in Cary, North Carolina, support poured out online throughout Tuesday.
Team players and Marshall officials shared their thoughts on Twitter. Senior Jamil Roberts said the championship was "the perfect way to finish my college career."
The perfect way to finish my college college career, with the best team in the Nation. I said we had a team that was capable, but wow did we do it in style. I love this team, I love this city, I love this school, this is for you. I love you @HerdMSoccer , always 💚 #WEARE pic.twitter.com/78mfJvUoU3— Jamil Roberts (@JamilRoberts) May 18, 2021
A perfect night for Marshall Athletics history. Thank you to our incredible fan base who turned college soccer upside down by taking over Cary, North Carolina, and making the tailgate scene and stadium feel like home. The Herd family is special. https://t.co/lTR6eHQRdC— Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD) May 18, 2021
Elected officials said a few words of celebration on social media. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called the win "unbelievable" and shared a photo from the stadium. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams tagged the team and said, "You have learned the beauty of the 'WE' in #WeAreMarshall."
.@HerdMSoccer NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Congratulations men. After a night’s sleep the wonder of what you have accomplished leaves @huntingtoncity and #HerdNation grateful. You have learned the beauty of the “WE” in #WeAreMarshall.— Steve Williams (@HuntingtonMayor) May 18, 2021
Thank you! https://t.co/7dAJK61mkV
Current and former Marshall athletes also took to Twitter to congratulate the team.
Other teams offered congratulations to the Herd men. Santa Clara Women's Soccer, which won the women's College Cup over Florida State last night, tweeted at the Herd to say "Feels good, doesn't it?"
And, of course, fans were happy to share their excitement online.
You grow up in Huntington and you dream of this. It’s all you want. It’s emotional. They counted us out (as usual) every game. Yet no one could beat us. The best soccer team in the nation. The best fan base in the nation. Incredible showing from all of us. Will never forget today— Casey K (@CaseyKVideo) May 18, 2021