Men's soccer: Hoosiers top No. 7 Notre Dame, 1-0, to stay undefeated
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 1-ranked Indiana University men's soccer team defeated the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 4,654 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Tuesday night.
With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 7-0-2 on the season overall, while the Fighting Irish fall to 6-2-0 on the year. IU remains undefeated through the team's first nine matches for the second straight year and for the 11th time in program history.
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Junior Austin Panchot scored the match-winner in the 67th minute for the Hoosiers, while redshirt junior Francesco Moore and redshirt freshman Spencer Glass each tallied an assist in the win. In goal, freshman goalkeeper Trey Muse made one save in recording his seventh shutout of the season. The seven clean sheets for IU in the team's first nine matches is the most since the 1979 season.
In the first half, the Hoosiers controlled the majority of the possession after an early spell that saw the Fighting Irish have the better of it. In the first 45 minutes, IU out-shot Notre Dame, 10-2, getting three shots on goal to just one for ND. Despite the chances, the Hoosiers were unable to find a goal in the opening half.
The start of the second half picked up where the first left off, with IU on the attack. Finally, in the 67th minute, the Hoosiers broke through.
With the ball in the middle of the pitch, Moore found Glass on the left flank. Glass crossed the ball in the with pace, and after a great dummy by IU's Rashad Hyacenth in front of goal, the ball found the foot of Panchot on the right side, who tapped it in from four-yards out for the score. Panchot's second goal of the season gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
In the final minutes of the match, the Fighting Irish threw men forward looking for the equalizer, but the staunch IU defense was able to hold, securing the 1-0 victory.
For the match, Indiana out-shot Notre Dame, 13-8, with IU getting four shots on goal to one for the Irish. Corner kicks were 8-3 in favor of the Hoosiers.
Indiana has posted some impressive numbers – both offensively and defensively – through nine matches this season. The 20 goals scored are the most in school history since 2005, while the two goals allowed in the team's first nine matches are the fewest dating back to the 1979 season.
The No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers will host the Santa Clara Broncos on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.