INDIANA DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN IN BIG TEN MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS,2-0
November 13, 1999
HOOSIERS HOLD WILDCATS SCORELESS FOR 11TH SHUTOUT THIS SEASON
EAST LANSING-The first-seeded Indiana Hoosiers defeated the fourth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats, 2-0 Saturday afternoon in the Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship semifinals at Old College Field on the MSU campus.
Hoosier Senior Yuri Lavrinenko scored the lone goal of the first half during the 41st minute. Lavrinenko blasted a free kick into the upper right hand corner of the goal past the outstretched hands of All Big Ten Northwestern goalkeeper Matt Keeler.
Indiana continued to play stellar defense in the second half, and was rewarded with a goal at the 89:59 by Big Ten Player of the year Aleksey Korol, his 14th of the season. Matt Fundenberger had his seventh assist on the breakaway pass to Korol.
"Defensively, I thought we played extremely well," said Indiana Head Coach Jerry Yeagley. "We created a lot, and gave them little. Northwestern is very good at what they do, and it is hard to find space. That just made Yuri's (Lavrinenko) goal all the better when he squeezed it through their line. "
Indiana goalie T.J. Hannig had one save en route to his sixth and a half shutout of the season, 11th for the team overall. Wildcats and first team All-Big Ten goalkeeper Matt Keeler had four saves in the loss.
The Hoosiers dominated overall play with a 14-3 shot advantage and an 11-1 edge in corner kicks.
Indiana improves to 15-3 of the season, and advances to the championship game tomorrow to face third-seeded Penn State.
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