Late Goal Sinks Hoosiers, 1-0
April 12, 2014
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A goal with three minutes left in regulation gave the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a 1-0 win over Indiana at the ShinDigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Indiana finished with a 16-9 shot advantage and led 6-4 in corner kicks but could not find the back of the net.
First shot of the game came off the foot of Tanner Thompson, with his attempt blocked by a Notre Dame defender. Matt Foldesy broke free on the end line in the eighth minute but his shot was high and wide.
Off a short corner from Patrick Doody, the ball was played into the mixer, where Notre Dame goalkeeper Brian Talcott saved Billy McConnell's header. With 26 minutes to play, Femi Hollinger-Janzen played a ball on the ground into the six-yard area, but it had too much pace on it, as Kyle Sparks was unable to get to it before it rolled over the end line.
In the 26th minute Hollinger-Janzen got Talcott to come off his line, but a tight-angled shot from near the end line was high. Jamie Vollmer got his first attempt of the day in the 28th minute, hitting a low roller from distance across the goalmouth that was just off target.
With less than four minutes to go the Hoosiers had a pair of scoring opportunities starting with a shot from Vollmer that was blocked. The ball made its way back to Tanner Thompson, and his attempt required a sprawling save from Talcott to keep Indiana off the board. With less than two minutes to play, a corner kick from Doody was flicked on into the box, where a header from Vollmer went right into the arms of Talcott.
Indiana finished the first half with a 10-2 shot advantage and up 5-1 in corner kicks. Talcott made one save while Colin Webb went untested for IU.
With the wind at its back, Notre Dame came out on the attack to start the second half with a pair of early shots, neither of which tested Webb. Indiana had a chance 10 minutes into the second half with a thru ball played into Foldesy, but he was unable to get off a shot.
With 16 minutes to play, Kyle Sparks tried to make something out of nothing with a falling away bicycle kick that was picked up by Talcott.
Webb's first save of the game was a spectacular one as he dove to his right to punch out a free kick from Patrick Hodan in the 80th minute. Billy McConnell sent in a curling shot with under eight minutes left that was just wide right.
With three minutes to play, Evan Panken found himself all alone just inside the 18 and he sent a line drive into the lower right past Webb to put the Fighting Irish up 1-0. Indiana immediately came back down the field and Foldesy had a shot from 18 yards out that was just high.
Indiana is back in action on Wednesday, April 16 for its only spring match at Armstrong Stadium as it takes on the Butler Bulldogs. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET and admission is free.
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