St. John's Comes Back To Down Indiana In OT
Dec. 6, 2008
Courtesy of Indiana
QUEENS, N.Y. - Leading 2-1 with just over two minutes remaining, the Hoosiers saw St. John's come back for a 3-2 overtime victory in the quarterfinal of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. The loss ends Indiana's season at 14-7-3.
The game-winning goal came on a penalty kick from Nelson Becerra at 94:21. Indiana defender Ofori Sarkodie was called for a handball in the box, and Becerra buried the open shot to send St. John's to the College Cup in Frisco, Texas next weekend.
With 2:03 left in regulation, Indiana's 2-0 lead had disappeared as Sverre Wegge Gundhus put home a rebound to knot the game at 2-all. St. John's first goal came at 81:17 as Joel Gustafsson won a scrum in front of the net and slipped the ball past Cain to bring St. John's back within a goal at 2-1.
Brad Ring had the first shot of the night, a high attempt that nearly found its way off the parking deck. Will Bruin broke free in the 10th minute but had his attempt blocked.
Chay Cain was forced to make his first save of the match at the 12-minute mark with a liner from Cristian Gonzalez.
Indiana had a pair of shots in the 31st minute with the sequence starting on an Andy Adlard corner kick. Mellencamp had the first look, which was blocked, and Adlard came in with a second attempt that was also blocked.
Ring was inches away from putting the Hoosiers up by a goal at 32:11 with a shot across his body that just rolled inches wide of the left post.
Ofori Sarkodie picked a great time for his first career goal has his shot from the left side gave Indiana a 1-0 lead at 35:11. Sarkodie actually began the play himself, bringing the ball up from the back before continuing his run down the left side. Neil Wilmarth got his boot on the ball in front of the net and dished off to Sarkodie to his left, who slid it in from eight yards out.
Cain made a goal-saving stop on the ground with just 1:44 left in the first half off a blistering shot from Rory Quinn. Indiana went into the lockerroom at the half with an 8-3 advantage in shot attempts. While the Red Storm had just three shots, two of them were on frame.
Alexander had a look at 51:15 on a dish from Noschang in front of the net but his attempt rolled wide left. The play started with a deep throw-in from Mellencamp on the right side.
Ring had a pair chances within a minute of each other 10 minutes into the second half, taking a blazing shot that St. John's goalkeeper Neal Kitson saved with a dive to his right. On the ensuing corner kick, Ring got his head on the end of Adlard's service but sent the ball just wide to the right.
Bruin had an open look from eight yards out that screamed wide as the Hoosiers continued to attack the SJU net early in the second half.
Nelson Becerra put a scare in the Hoosier defense, ripping a shot in the 68th minute that went wide of the net.
Alexander gave the Hoosiers breathing room with his third goal of the season at 71:36 as Indiana went up 2-0. Daniel Kelly played the ball to Alexander up the right side, and the junior turned his defender around twice before sending it home to the far back post.
Cain continued to frustrate the Red Storm with a save on a shot from Tafadzwa Chiduku, this time diving to his left. But it was just a minute later when
Alexander had a hot shot just seconds into the first overtime period that was saved by Kitson. Alexander made his way into the box again a few minutes later, with the same result.