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IU men’s soccer advances to College Cup with win over UNC Greensboro

For the 22nd time in 50 years, the IU men’s soccer program is headed to the College Cup.

Playing on the road at UNC Greensboro, the Hoosiers started fast with a goal from Maouloune Goumballe in the 16th minute.  He took a throw-in, made a quick turn a fired a laser into the far corner.

The Hoosiers carried that 1-0 lead into halftime, and then extended the advantage when Sam Sarver turned a Patrick McDonald steal and a 3-on-2 advantage into a breakaway score.

The Hoosiers won it by a 2-0 final score.

J.T. Harms saved four shots on goal by UNCG.  Indiana has not allowed a goal in the tournament through three matches.

Notables from IU

• Indiana is headed to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals for an NCAA-record 22nd time in 50 seasons as a varsity sport and for the fourth time in six seasons. It is head coach Todd Yeagley’s fifth trip to the NCAA Men’s College Cup since 2012 when the Hoosiers won their last national championship – no NCAA Division-I men’s soccer head coach has been to more College Cups in that span.
• IU improved to 7-1-3 against ranked opponents winning its fourth straight contest against a Top 25 team. UNCG was the No. 12 seed in the tournament and ranked as high as No. 4 in Top Drawer Soccer’s weekly poll.
• The Hoosiers have not allowed a goal through three matches, 270 minutes, in the NCAA Tournament. IU has conceded only five goals in its last eight matches while allowing multiple goals in just one of those contests.
• Senior forward Maouloune Goumballe scored his first goal of the season and his first since October 12, 2021, against Ohio State. Goumballe has six goals in his career.
• Sophomore Samuel Sarver tallied his fourth goal of the year and second of the postseason – Sarver scored the opening goal in IU’s 2-1 Big Ten Tournament Semifinal victory at Maryland. It was the 11th goal of his young career.

The No. 13 seeded Hoosiers will face unseeded Pittsburgh on Dec. 9 in the College Cup at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

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