Men's Soccer To Be Honored at White House
March 8, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's soccer team will be honored for its 2012 NCAA Championship in a ceremony at the White House on Monday, March 10, in Washington, D.C.
Joining the players and coaching staff will be Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass.
President Barack Obama will welcome 19 NCAA Division I teams that won titles in 2012-13 for an event on the South Lawn.
"It is a huge honor to be able to return to the White House, representing Indiana University and the Athletics Department," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "This is a prestigious event and we are proud to be part of it."
"We could not be more proud of the players, staff and Coach Yeagley, who propelled our storied men's soccer program to the 2012 NCAA Championship," Glass said. "We are thrilled for all associated with the program that they will be honored in this way, and extraordinarily grateful to the President for this gracious invitation. It is certain to be the experience of a lifetime for our student-athletes."
The Hoosiers brought home the program's eighth National Championship in December 2012 with a 1-0 win over Georgetown in the College Cup championship game. Nikita Kotlov scored the game-winning goal in that match, with Patrick Doody and Eriq Zavaleta assisting on the play.
Goalkeeper Luis Soffner was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the tournament after a pair of shutouts vs. Creighton (1-0) and the Hoyas. Soffner allowed just one goal during the Hoosiers' five-game tournament run, with a 4-0 victory over Xavier, 2-1 double overtime win at No. 1 seed Notre Dame, and a 1-0 win at North Carolina in the quarterfinals.
Offensively that season the Hoosiers were led by Zavaleta's 18 goals. Seven of his scores were game winners, including the deciding goals in the wins at Notre Dame and North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
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