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Indiana men’s soccer settles for a tie against Notre Dame in its final spring game

Vaseline 2 months ago

WESTFIELD, Ind. – A friendly that wasn’t so friendly for Indiana men’s soccer was the story of April 19 when the Hoosiers faced the University of Notre Dame in the final exhibition game of the spring season.

The Fighting Irish eliminated the Hoosiers from the NCAA tournament five months ago as they advanced to the College Cup.

Although the stakes weren’t as high this time, the intensity was. The atmosphere matched the intensity of the Grand Park indoor sports facility’s stands, packed with spectators, leaving some fans standing to watch the state game.

Both teams fielded their typical regular-season starters, excluding players who were called up to the MLS or players who have since graduated.

The first 45 minutes were a deadlock, with both teams struggling to score or create chances. The only dangerous chance came early in the period, when Notre Dame nearly opened the scoring on a counterattack.

However, fouls and yellow cards followed, with neither team allowing an inch of space to the opponent despite the match being an exhibition.

The Fighting Irish put up numbers as the game progressed and pinned the Hoosiers back in their own half. Indiana held its ground defensively, blocking and denying Notre Dame’s attempts.

Indiana’s patience paid off as sophomore forward Luka Bezerra put the ball ahead after firing a shot under the legs of Notre Dame goalie Bryan Dowd to open the scoring.

Notre Dame kept the pressure up and nearly equalized just minutes later, but sophomore defenseman Quinton Elliot scored a shot off the line to preserve Indiana’s lead.

Still, the Fighting Irish held on and tied the game with just seven minutes to play after a close-range finish. The late equalizer all but sealed the result as Indiana settled for a draw in its final spring match.