INDIANA DEFEATS PENN STATE, 2-1 IN DOUBLE OVERTIME TO CLAIM ITS EIGHTH BIG TEN MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
November 14, 1999
KOROL SCORES BOTH GOALS FOR HOOSIERS
EAST LANSING-The first-seeded Indiana Hoosiers defeated the third-seeded, fifth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, 2-1 in double overtime, Sunday afternoon at Old College field on the MSU campus to claim its sixth consecutive and eighth overall Big Ten Championship.
Big Ten Player of the Year Aleksey Korol scored the game winning goal for Indiana, his second of the game and third of the tournament at the 113:07 mark in double overtime on a breakaway pass from Matt Fundenberger. Korol took the pass and placed the ball perfectly into the upper-right corner of the net past the outstretched hands of Nittany Lion goalie Whit Gibson to win the game.
Indiana, which trailed most of the game, tied the game at one during the 81st minute of play. Korol headed the first goal in for the Hoosiers on passes from Yuri Lavrinenko and Fundenberger. Penn State's goal came early in the first half at the 19:14 mark. Brent Jacquette scored the goal for the Nittany Lions, with assists from Ricardo Villar and Pete Shellenberger.
"This was a classic final between two great teams," said Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley. "With two competitive teams like this, it just shows how great this sport can be."
"I am very proud of the way we played in the second half," Yeagley continued. "I was concerned at halftime because Penn State was simply outplaying us in every aspect of the game, and that was something we didn't expect since they had already played two games in the tournament. But the guys came up with some big plays, especially Matt (Fundenberger), who really sparked our play with his energy at the end of the game. This was a great win, but now we have to focus on the NCAA Tournament.
Hoosier goalie T.J. Hannig had two saves in the victory; while Gibson recorded four saves for the Lions. Penn State had a slight edge in shots for the game, 8-7 but Indiana had a 9-6 advantage in corner kicks.
Indiana's record improves to 16-3 in the year and will be the Big Ten
Representatives in the NCAA Tournament. Penn State falls to 17-3 on the
season. The NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced Monday, Nov. 15,
with the tournament getting underway next weekend.
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