Indiana’s season ended in heartbreak in South Bend.
With the College Cup on the line, the Hoosiers and Notre Dame couldn’t break a 1-1 tie in regulation or two overtimes.
The Irish got the best of IU 5-4 on penalty kicks and advanced to college soccer’s final four. Indiana’s first attempt in the penalty shootout hit the post, and Notre Dame made the Hoosiers pay, scoring all five of their shots.
The Hoosiers fell behind in the first half after Notre Dame scored on a free kick from roughly 20 yards out in the 17th minute.
Indiana midfielder Patrick McDonald struck a laser from just beyond the box in the 63rd minute to tie the match.
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Indiana statistically controlled the match, outshooting the Irish 25-11, and the Hoosiers earned nine more corners.
IU made their NCAA-record 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal round. But they’ll have to wait until 2024 to chase the elusive ninth star.
Indiana finished with a 15-4-5 record despite a 3-3-4 start to the year – beginning with an October 7 win at Penn State, the Hoosiers won 12 of 14 in the second half of the season. Thanks to its hot streak, Indiana won its 12th Big Ten Double, sharing the conference regular season title with Penn State before beating them in the tournament final.
“It hurts more because you invest more,” IU head coach Todd Yeagley said after the match.
Indiana’s senior class finishes with a 71-20-17 (.736) record over five seasons. The group finished every season in the Sweet 16 or better and made two NCAA College Cup appearances.
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