Indiana knocks off top seed to advance

Success begins to pile up for the soccer team as they upset Penn State in a hard fought semifinal.

Indiana took its next step towards qualifying for the NCAA tournament with a win over top-seeded Penn State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, 0-0 (5-3).

After having not won a match in overtime all season, the Hoosier men's soccer team have now gone to extra time in back-to-back games, winning the first within five minutes of the restart, and taking Penn State all the way to a penalty kick shootout.

Andrew Wolverton, the Penn State goalkeeper, was named the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the year on Thursday, while the man between the posts for Indiana, freshman Colin Webb, was only in his fourth start ever in the Cream and Crimson.

The Hoosiers made quick work of the penalties though, slotting each and every one into the bottom left corner of the net as Wolverton would always jump early to his right and watch helplessly as the shots found the back of the goal. Colin Webb didn't save a shot either, but he didn't need to as the first shot he faced was placed off the top of the crossbar by Martin Seiler.

The Hoosiers definitely deserved the win, as they had shown to be the better team throughout most of the match, at least in the attacking sense. They outshot the Nittany Lions 22-10, but thanks to a tough and physical backline, Penn State was able to limit the Hoosiers to only one shot on goal. This allowed Indiana to rack up corners as well, totaling 19 before the end of the second overtime period.

Colin Webb would receive the "Man of the Match" award, as he recorded 5 saves on the day, and one was an absolute bullet that he was able to punch away. He also took care of his penalty box, coming off of his line several times to keep the ball from getting into a dangerous position.

Indiana will now wait to see who they will play, as Michigan State will play Northwestern in the other semifinal. Indiana is 1-1 against the two this year, having beaten the Wildcats 3-0 in Evanston but dropping the result against the Spartans 2-1 in double overtime.

Indiana needs to win the title in order to ensure their place in the NCAA tournament. Without it, their losing record could very well prevent them from a shot at defending their national title.


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