IU Advances to B1G Tournament Title Game
Nov. 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With no goals after 110 minutes of play, the Indiana-Penn State Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament semifinal match went to penalty kicks, and the Hoosiers were perfect, going 5-for-5 to advance 5-3.
The 0-0 match officially ends in a tie, as IU moves to 7-11-2 on the season. Penn State, whose season will continue in the NCAA Tournament, is now 11-5-2 on the year.
Penn State's got the match started as Owen Griffith had a point-blank shot six minutes in that elicited a reaction kick save from IU goalkeeper Colin Webb. Webb was busy early for IU as Penn State earned four corner kicks in the first five minutes.
The shot tally at the half was 6-5 Penn State, with four of their six shots on frame. Indiana did not have a shot on goal in the first 45 minutes.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen opened the second half with a look at the net but headed down his attempt just wide. Less than a minute later Tommy Thompson had a leaping back heel to Dylan Mares, but Mares' shot on a tight angle also rolled wide right.
Webb came up big for Indiana again in the 63rd minute as a 1v1 shot from Connor Maloney was punched away by the freshman.
In the waning minutes the Hoosiers made a nuisance in the Penn State penalty area, with shots from Thompson and Mares blocked. A long throw from Jamie Vollmer with less than three minutes to play found the head of Nikita Kotlov but his header was off target.
In the first overtime Patrick Doody had a rebound fall to his feet but his open shot got caught in the wind and sailed just over the cross bar.
Later in the first 10-minute extra period, Kotlov broke free and had a one-on-one chance that was hit right at Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Andrew Wolverton. Still in OT, Thompson took a ball down endline before laying it into Corrado around the penalty spot. Corrado was all alone and his header was just cleared out by Penn State for a corner kick. Indiana ended the first OT with a shot off the post from Corrado.
Overall IU out-shot the Nittany Lions 5-1 in the first overtime and finished with a 17-4 advantage in shot attempts after the first half. Webb finished with five saves between the pipes and improved to 2-1-1 in picking up his second shutout in the last three matches.
In the second OT Doody had a corner kick that snuck through but was headed out and over off the line for another corner kick. Thompson had a shot blocked for another IU corner kick, as Indiana finished with six corner kicks in the second overtime and had a 19-5 advantage in corner kicks for the game.
Despite the Hoosiers' dominance the game would head to penalty kicks. Indiana was 0-for-2 on penalty kick attempts this season and much like Wednesday's overtime win over Michigan the Hoosiers found a way to excorcise that demon.
Kotlov opened the penalty kicks and made his easily to go up 1-0. Penn State's Martin Seiler went first for the Nittany Lions and clanged his off the cross bar to put IU with the advantage. Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Tanner Thompson and Jacob Bushue all confidently buried their attempts, while Penn State was successful with Griffith, Jordan Tyler and Shane Campbell to make it 5-3 Indiana heading into the final round.
Kyle Sparks, who had not seen any action during the match, confidently stepped up and buried the fifth and final attempt to send the Hoosiers to the championship game.
Indiana will play the winner of Michigan State-Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. ET with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. The match will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.
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