IU men’s soccer advances to NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 with win over Bowling Green

No. 15 seed Indiana has advanced to the Sweet 16 after a 2-0 win over Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon in Bloomington.

Early in the second half, Ryan Wittenbrink put a crossing shot on the goal that was deflected to Victor Bezerra who whipped in the first score of the match from 10 yards away.

13 minutes later Herbert Endeley drew the entire Bowling Green defense with him to the center of the field, leaving a streaking Spencer Glass alone wide.  Endeley found the IU captain and Glass sent a laser off the far post and into the back of the net for the 2-0 advantage.

“We knew this would be a dog fight today, and I also felt that maybe [Bowling Green] felt an advantage with the conditions [and] being a team that’s a little more physical,” IU men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley said. “I was really proud of our guys. I thought we dug in to a different level today and had a change, a bit, of how we played and adjusted. And that’s tournament play. You have to find a way.”

Indiana posted its 13th shutout of the season and 11th in its last 14 matches.  Goalkeeper Roman Celentano stretched his career-high season shutout total to 11. It was also the 28th clean sheet of his career, putting him in a tie for ninth-most in program history with Cary Feld (1974-77).

The match was delayed a couple hours due to the condition of the field at Bill Armstrong Stadium after heavy rain the Bloomington area.  Those conditions impacted the first half of the match as both teams struggled to find a firm footing resulting in a scoreless tie at the break that only required one save by either squad.

Indiana is the only program to reach the NCAA Tournament Third Round in seven straight seasons, pending a Wake Forest result Sunday evening.

The Hoosiers will go on to face the winner of a Sunday evening match between Portland and No. 2 seed Washington at a to be announced time and location next week.  For the latest NCAA bracket check the Men’s Soccer drop down menu.

You can watch both IU goals below.

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