The No. 2 Notre Dame men's soccer team blanked Indiana tonight. Here's the complete game story provided by IU media relations.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The second-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish used a pair of first-half goals from Vince Cicciarelli and Patrick Hodan for a 2-0 win over Indiana Wednesday night at Alumni Field.
Indiana drops to 4-5-1 on the year, while Notre Dame remains undefeated at 5-0-3. It is just the second time this season the Hoosiers have been held without a goal, joining UCLA's 1-0 OT shutout on Sept. 1.
"They are a good team, they are physical, and they out-played us tonight," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "I thought they were very aggressive in the way they played and they have some excellent players. They may be the best team we play all year. We really never got into a rhythm tonight. We did some ok things at times but it wasn't close to our performance level."
From the first kick it was a back-and-forth affair with just one shot in the first 10 minutes, a header from Notre Dame's Evan Panken that was off the mark.
Indiana's first shot was a dangerous one as Tommy Thompson's attempt was saved by Patrick Wall, resulting in an IU corner kick. Dylan Mares' ball in was cleared by the Fighting Irish.
Thompson made himself a nuisance early in the Notre Dame penalty area but the Fighting Irish defenders did a good job of neutralizing the crafty freshman. With 27 minutes to play in the first half, A.J. Corrado tried to curl a ball over Wall that the senior goalkeeper punched over the crossbar for the save.
Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead against the run of play as Vince Cicciarelli tallied his first goal of the year. His first shot was stopped by a charging Michael Soderlund, but the ball bounced back out to Cicciarelli who calmly put it home on an open net.
Indiana nearly found itself trailing 2-0 in the 31st minute when Leon Brown was left open near the penalty spot but sent his shot off the cross bar. The Fighting Irish found their second goal with 10:18 to play as Patrick Hodan cut around Jacob Bushue and slotted the ball into the lower left corner.
Nikita Kotlov broke through a trio of Notre Dame defenders late in the first half but sent his shot right at Wall for the easy save.
Indiana made one personnel change at the half, replacing Dylan Lax at center back with freshman Billy McConnell. Indiana continued to struggle to find its footing on both ends of the ball as the Fighting Irish had all the early offensive chances. Indiana's first attempt of the second half was a shot at the top of the 18 from Corrado that was blocked by Notre Dame.
Soderlund had a fingertip save of a Hodan shot in the 63rd minute, his fourth stop of the night. With 16 minutes remaining, Harrison Petts sent in a corner kick that bounced around the penalty area. Kotlov tried to take an extra touch to settle it, but that extra second allowed Notre Dame to converge and clear.
With less than 15 minutes to play the Hoosiers made an offensive-minded substitution, bringing Corrado back into the match for Matt McKain, leaving IU with three in the back.
Petts put up a shot in the 80th minute but got too much lift under the ball as his attempt sailed high. The Hoosiers finished with four shots in the second frame, compared to eight for Notre Dame.
The Hoosiers return to Armstrong Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 6 as they play host to the Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten matchup. Game time is 2:30 p.m. ET and the match will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.