April 21, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -
A second-half flurry of five goals, capped by the game winner from Jacob Bushue in the 96th minute, gave the Indiana men's soccer team a 5-4 victory over Notre Dame Saturday night in an exhibition match at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne.
It is the second time in three meetings at Parkview Field that the game has gone into overtime. In 2010, Notre Dame won 4-2 in penalty kicks after the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The Hoosiers won last spring's meeting 3-2 and lead the series 2-1.
Tonight's match is part of the National Soccer Festival and the organization announced that Indiana (Aug. 18) and Notre Dame (Aug. 16) will face Chivas Guadalajara in exhibition matches this August in Fort Wayne.
The first shot on-goal of the day came from A.J. Corrado as he slammed the ball to Notre Dame goalkeeper Patrick Wall for the save. With 28 to play in the first half Tim Wylie had a second-chance shot that went over the crossbar.
Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute with a goal from Adam Mena, and added to it early in the second half with a goal by Max Lachowecki in the 48th minute.
Joe Tolen got Indiana on the board in the 49th minute with a diving header off a cross from Kyle Sparks. Just a few minutes later it was Sparks who found the back of the net, tying the score at 2-all in the 56th minute with a shot from 6 yards out directly in front of the goal.
Harrison Petts was aiming to add to the Hoosier goal total in the 63rd minute with a rocket from 15 yards out that bounced off the cross bar.
The Fighting Irish were back on top in the 68th minute when Harrison Shipp volleyed a shot from 16 yards out on the left side over the head of goalkeeper Michael Soderlund.
Tolen's second goal of the night was nearly identical to his first, this time putting home a diving header off service from Petts in the 76th minute.
With 2:52 left in regulation, Petts took a shot from 15 yards out that was curling toward the far post but sailed just wide.
It looked as if Notre Dame had the game in hand when Alex Priede put the Fighting Irish up 4-3 with 2:21 to play. The Hoosiers continued to attack the net and with seven seconds left, Eriq Zavaleta, who had moved up top from his central defender position, won a scramble in front of the net and shot past goalkeeper Will Walsh.
Indiana continued to control possession in overtime and in the 96th minute it was Bushue who found himself unmarked eight yards from goal, where he lofted a shot over Walsh for the game winner.
Indiana finished the game with a 20-11 advantage in shot attempts, nine of which were on frame. The Hoosiers also had nine corner kicks, compared to four for the Fighting Irish.
Luis Soffner played the first half in goal, before giving way to Soderlund who picked up the victory in 50:14 minutes of play.
Sparks and Corrado led the way for IU on the offensive end with four shots each. Petts and Tolen put up three shots apiece
The Hoosiers close out their 2012 spring schedule on April 29 as they play host to the U-20 Mexican National Team on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. ET. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths/college students. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the IU Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 866-IUSPORTS.