Indiana 1, Boston College
Indiana 1, Boston College 0ÂNov. 28, 2004
After nearly 42 minutes of scoreless play, Indiana midfielder Josh Tudela headed in a corner kick from Brian Plotkin to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead over Boston College in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The game's lone goal proved to be enough as the Hoosiers held on to eliminate BC from the postseason.
The No. 15 Eagles (13-5-2) and the defending national champion Hoosiers (15-5-1) played an even contest, with much of the action coming in the neutral third. It was the first time the Boston College defense allowed a goal in the opening half this season.
After a brilliant play by Pat Haggerty on the goal line to save an Indiana score in the 30th minute, the Eagles responded with one of their best offensive sequences of the afternoon. Freshman Charlie Davies charged down the field and fired a shot at Hoosier goalkeeper Jay Nolly, who made one of his four saves on the day. Less than five minutes later, Davies created another opportunity, launching a shot just over the top right post.
The Eagles had their best chance to tie the score when sophomore back Sam Brill launched a free kick at the Indiana goal in the 70th minute. The ball went unimpeded to the net and Nolly made a diving stop to preserve the Hoosier lead. BC earned a corner kick, but freshman Johann Helgason was unable to connect with any of his teammates. Just more than six minutes later, Helgason hooked up with senior co-captain Guy Melamed on a free kick, but Melamed's header missed wide.
Brill and Haggerty led another solid Boston College defensive effort. The Eagle defense allowed just 10 goals this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Issey Maholo registered three saves on the afternoon.
The Hoosiers advance to the Elite Eight where they will host Tulsa next weekend.