For the first time in nearly three weeks, the Hoosiers were down. After 70 minutes of back and forth soccer on Tuesday night, Notre Dame’s Jack Lynn scored his first goal of the season to give the Irish a lead and snap IU’s 430 minute shutout streak. Rather than tucking their tails and accepting the loss, the Hoosiers battled back, eventually winning 2-1 in South Bend for the first time since 2012.“I thought it was a great showcase for college soccer and I have a lot of respect for Notre Dame and what they’ve done,” IU Coach Todd Yeagley said, “It’s nice to see us come up here and get a great win in front of our fans, who came out in large numbers.”
The comeback began with an A.J. Palazzolo goal in the 79th minute. The versatile defender was on the end of a cross from midfielder Trevor Swartz and put it away with his head to level the score.
The 1-1 score took the two teams to extra time, where the first team to score during either period wins and if there’s no score the game is declared a draw. After falling to No. 1 Wake Forest on a golden goal in their first match of the season, the Hoosiers scored one of their own, as a corner kick from Swartz was deflected toward forward Justin Rennicks who tapped it in to give the Hoosiers the win:
ICYMI: Here's the goal that gave #iums their 5th win in a row last night against No. 8 Notre Dame. #Q49 pic.twitter.com/ct2mRrVlAh— IUSTV Sports (@IUSTVsports) September 12, 2018
The sophomore’s goal was a bit controversial, as it was unclear in real time whether or not Rennicks was offside on the play leading to the goal. Upon review, certain angles make it appear as if Rennicks was in fact offside, but that only matters if he played the ball off a deflection from teammate Jordan Kleyn and not the Notre Dame defender that was jostling with Kleyn for position. The replays weren’t exactly conclusive on which one of them made the final touch to deflect the ball toward Rennicks, but it was ruled an IU goal and in turn an IU win.
Swartz’s two assists on the night gave him the most in the Big Ten on the season, he now has six. The Hoosiers have also won five straight matches, four of those against ranked opponents.
The Hoosiers will return to the pitch on Sunday when they travel to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. The match will air on BTN at 4:00 p.m.