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HOUSTON -- When Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Epstein started to lift himself off the ground after his game-winning save in penalty kicks on Sunday, all he saw were his teammates racing towards him.At first, he wasnt sure it was over.Once his teammates made it 20 yards down the field in celebration, Epstein knew they had beaten Wake Forest and were back-to-back national champions.At that point youre just so happy, said Epstein, who had four saves in regulation and two more in the shootout. Its your favorite friends walking up the field towards you. Its a pretty special sight and Im lucky to have seen that two years in a row with my teammates flying on me. Thats a great feeling.Epstein made a pair of diving stops and Corey Baird and Sam Werner scored Stanfords final shootout goals to give the Cardinal their second straight College Cup title, 5-4 over Wake Forest after the teams played 110 scoreless minutes.Stanford didnt allow a goal in the tournament, becoming the first team since Wisconsin in 1995 to accomplish the feat and win the national championship.The game was the sixth national championship to go to penalty kicks, and the first since Virginia beat UCLA in 2014.Stanford finished 15-3-5 after beginning the season 0-3-1.Going into winter something felt a little missing, like we had to take that time to encourage and develop every single one of our players into something like those guys were last year, junior Drew Skundrich said. Over time we did that. We did very well in spring, everyone trained well over summer and we got after it right away in preseason.Dropping those first few games just made us realize this is a new year, a new team, new challenges and we need to take everything we can to get back to this stage and thats what we did, he said.Wake Forest finished 19-3-3. Stanford beat Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals last season on the way to its first national title.We had the opportunity to win the game today in penalties, Wake Forest coach Bobby Muuss said. I felt comfortable and confident with the group of guys that were stepping out there but it just wasnt our day unfortunately.Cardinal coach Jeremy Gunn improved to 4-1-1 in the College Cup. Prior to leading Stanford to the national championship last season, Gunn guided Charlotte to the 2011 College Cup as well.Its an exciting journey every time a college coach starts the year with a team and weve been fortunate to be standing at the end of the season a couple of times, Gunn said.Wake Forest came out firing in the second half, recording three shots and a corner in seven minutes.Stanford answered with its attack and Wake Forest goalkeeper Andreu Cases Mundet was solid. In the 71st minute, Mundet saved a shot while on his back, somehow keeping the ball from crossing the line fully. Seven minutes later, he made a dive to the left to deflect away Adrian Alabis header.The opening 30 minutes belonged to Stanford, with the Cardinal outshooting Wake Forest 4-1 and holding a 3-1 edge in corner opportunities. Two of the corner attempts came in the opening five minutes.Wake Forest ended up outshooting Stanford 10-9, and leading 5-4 in corners.BACK TO BACK CHAMPSStanford became the first mens soccer program to win two straight titles since Indiana accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. The Cardinal became the fourth program to win back-to-back national titles, joining St. Louis, Indiana and San Francisco.NO FUN FIELDThe field conditions were a topic of conversation all weekend at BBVA Compass Stadium.On Friday, following Wake Forests 2-1 win against Denver, Muuss remarked it was like playing on sand and after Sundays season finale, the comments werent much better.I think its disrespectful to college soccer, Muuss said when asked about the field conditions. 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We all feel and hope it is that turning point for Red Bull to really step back onto winning ways and re-establish ourselves as a team that can win a championship in the very near future, not the next five years.For me, Ill be 27 this year. I still see myself in the sport, all going well, for another 10 years, but things do move quickly. Dietrich Mateschitz [the Red Bull owner] pointed out last year he wasnt going to hang around if we werent competitive.We dont really want to muck around and be running fourth or fifth place in the constructors for too much longer. However, if things fail to improve, dont expect Ricciardo to be vocal in voicing his frustrations. The Australian was linked with a move to Ferrari as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen last year and knows the value of not tarnishing his reputation.If I let the frustration get the best of me, I am not going to be a wanted man for very long, he added. 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