Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
The Indiana Hoosiers are headed back to the NCAA Men's College Final Four (the College Cup) again!
The box score isn't even available yet, but I had to share: Indiana went to North Carolina and came away with a 1-0 win, upsetting the #9 Tarheels on an Eriq Zavaleta score in the 60th minute. In Todd Yeagley's third year of coaching the Hoosiers, he has broken through to the Final Four.The Hoosiers have put together a great run in taking down two seeded teams in a row. The UNC win is particularly impressive in that they had been to four straight College Cups, and was carrying a 40-game home unbeaten streak. Congratulations to Todd, the team, and the Hoosier soccer program.
The Hoosiers were outshot 13-5, but Luis Soffner only had to make three saves (and the first one hit him square in the chest). North Carolina put a lot of pressure on in the last 20 minutes, but the Hoosier defense held firm. The Hoosiers came out strong in the second half, and pressured the Tarheels until they broke through when Hoosier defender Patrick Doody swung the ball into the box and Eriq Zavaleta headed towards UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, who saved it, but Zavaleta quickly reacted to head it again into the back of the net. It was only the second goal they had surrendered at home.
Although this ends the longest College Cup drought in the Hoosiers' history (seven years), this is still their eighteenth trip over the last 40 years. As Hoosier Army points out, that's a 45% success rate, which is simply stunning.
The last two games were both longshots for the Hoosiers, but with these wins under their belt, the field feels a bit more open. I can't wait to see these Hoosiers play their next game.
I guess this makes #BeatUNCweek pretty much a total success.