The unstoppable force rolls on.
For the tenth time in program history and for the second consecutive season, the IU men’s soccer program has doubled up on Big Ten titles.
After claiming the program’s 16th regular season Big Ten title two weeks ago, the No. 8 Indiana men’s soccer team set their sights on the Big Ten tournament.
The Hoosiers (14-2-4, 7-1-0 Big Ten) advanced to the tournament’s championship match on Sunday and played to a 0-0 draw against Michigan at Ludwig Field in College Park, Maryland.
After two scoreless overtime periods, Indiana clinched the 2019 Big Ten Tournament title with a 4-3 advantage in the penalty kick shootout. Joshua Penn scored the winner.
Congratulations to @IndianaMSOC for winning the @B1GSoccer Tournament Championship via penalty kicks. pic.twitter.com/N4LtHl4jG4
— Indiana On BTN (@IndianaOnBTN) November 17, 2019
After losing 10 of 11 starters from last year’s College Cup semifinalist squad, head coach Todd Yeagley and his staff had to reload. With 12 newcomers on the roster and facing the most uncertainty the program had seen in years coming into the season, the Hoosiers simply did what they seemingly always do.
Of course it wasn’t that easy. But the Hoosiers have improved over the course of the season, and Indiana will enter the NCAA tournament on a season-best seven-match unbeaten streak. IU has outscored opponents 17-2 during the streak.
Leading the way of late has been the Hoosier defense. Indiana did not allow a goal throughout the entire Big Ten Tournament, and has four straight shutout matches overall.
Now, IU will do something else they almost always do – compete for a national title.
Next up, the Hoosiers will pursue their ninth NCAA title in program history. The NCAA Tournament begins next week and Indiana should be hosting their first two matches in the event. With the Big Ten title, the Hoosiers have earned an automatic bid.
The 2019 tournament field will be revealed at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 18. The selection show can be streamed via NCAA.com.
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