OT Goal Ends No. 9 Hoosiers' Season at No. 3 UNC
Nov. 27, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 16 seed Indiana men's soccer team held No. 1 seed North Carolina scoreless for 96 minute of action, but a goal from Billy Schuler in the 97th minute gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 victory and a trip to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill.
Indiana's season ends at 13-4-5. North Carolina will go on to host the winner of Brown/St. Mary's next weekend with a trip to the College Cup on the line.
"I thought our team today left everything on the field," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "I am very proud of the seniors and how they have helped get this program back to a perennial power. I know they have laid the groundwork for a lot of good things to come.
"I knew this was going to be a good soccer game. The whole time this group was confident they could win it. They were the aggressors today in this match and they did everything we asked of them. After the sting goes away, they should be very proud of what they did today."
Indiana had an early chance as A.J. Corrado sent in a corner kick that was headed over the cross bar by Tommy Meyer on the back post. Less than a minute later Indiana won another pair of corners but could not get off a clean shot.
North Carolina's first shot of the game came off the foot of Schuler in the 11th minute and required a great diving save to his right from IU goalkeeper Luis Soffner.
Alec Purdie had a shot from distance with 22 minutes to play but the hard-hit shot sailed wide right. Corrado had a chance in the middle of the park from 18 yards out but Boyd Okwuonu was perfectly positioned to block the attempt. Indiana had a 6-2 shot advantage over the first 25 minutes, with five corner kicks to none for UNC.
Late in the first half North Carolina rattled off three consecutive corner kicks, with the first two attempts pushed over the bar by Soffner. The third was cleared out by Indiana, setting up a counter leading to a shot from Patrick Doody that was blocked.
With under three minutes to go in the first half, Nick Blevins, who came on late for Jacob Bushue, got open on the right wing and sent in a shot that sailed high and wide as Jordan McCrary came in for the tackle.
Indiana thought it had the first goal of the game in the 51st minute when Nikita Kotlov's initial shot bounced off a player and landed at the feet of Eriq Zavaleta, who hit the back of the net. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers the assistant referee's flag went up immediately, calling Zavaleta offsides.
North Carolina immediate rebounded down the field and Kirk Urso ripped a shot from 30 yards out that bounced off the post and was cleared over the line by Indiana.
In the 83 minute Kotlov found himself alone racing down the right flank. With thoughts of crossing it in, he instead lowered his shoulder and took it across the endline, looking for a shot across goal. The ball was cleared into the upper deck by a Carolina defender, setting up a corner kick. The Hoosiers were unable to take advantage of the opportunity and the game remained scoreless.
North Carolina had a couple of late chances with two corner kicks in the final minute but regulation ended as it began with both teams scoreless. The Tar Heels came back to take a 17-13 lead in shot attempts with 10 looks in the second half to the Hoosiers' four. Meyer and Chris Estridge led the way for Indiana in regulation with three shots each.
North Carolina commanded possession early in the first overtime period and it paid off for them with 3:53 to play in the period. A slip and a turnover by the Hoosiers left Schuler alone with the ball at the top of the box, where he sent an open shot that Soffner had no chance of getting.
Indian finished with 13 shots to the Tar Heels' 20 and had seven corner kicks to UNC's nine. Soffner finished the game with four saves in goal for IU, while Goodwin was not forced to make a save in the match.
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