On Tuesday the IU men’s soccer team played host to rival Notre Dame in a ranked matchup. After 110 minutes a winner couldn’t be decided as a 1-1 draw was the final. The Hoosiers move to 3-0-2 on the season and are still undefeated.
1. We’ve seen this movie before
Once again the Hoosiers fell behind in the first half. In the 40th minute Ben Giacobello scored to put the Fighting Irish ahead 1-0. This is the fourth time in five matches that the Hoosiers have faced a first-half deficit. It was also the fourth time in five matches that they Hoosiers came back to make the game level. In the 66th minute, freshman Herbert Endeley found the equalizer. He headed home a cross from Simon Waever to tie up the score.
This is also the fifth-straight match in which the Hoosiers have had to go to extra time. That’s never happened in the history of the IU program. This time neither team could find a winner, making it the second-straight match to end in a draw for the Hoosiers.
2. Phreshman Phenom
Herbert Endeley’s college career is now officially five games old. In those five games he’s had some moments bigger than some players have in their entire careers. In his first match, he scored a golden goal to down the Pittsburgh Panthers. Now he’s saved the day for the Hoosiers against one of their biggest rivals. Endeley wasn’t necessarily one of the freshmen that everybody had their eyes on, but he’s absolutely earned some attention now. Watching how the rest of his season progresses should be one of the most interesting things around this team moving forward.
3. Meh result?
Obviously you want to win every time out. Especially when you’re playing a rivalry game. That being said, you don’t want to lose either. In most sports it’s terribly hard to end a game or match with a tie, but it’s a readily available option in regular-season soccer. Considering the youth of this team and the fact that this was their first big test of the season we’ll chalk it up as a success.
On Friday the Hoosiers will open Big Ten play by hosting the Wisconsin Badgers. That will begin the gauntlet that is the Big Ten for the Hoosiers as though they may not be ranked the Badgers should be able to give IU a challenge.