Indiana 1, UC Santa Barbara 1 (Indiana Wins Shootout, 3-2)



CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Jay Nolly saved two penalty kicks and Indiana won its second straight NCAA Men's College Cup title Sunday, beating UC Santa Barbara in a penalty kick shootout.

The teams were tied 1-all after regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, forcing the shootout.

The second-seeded Hoosiers won for the 10th time in 11 games and earned their seventh NCAA title, the first under coach Mike Freitag, who replaced Jerry Yeagley this season.

Yeagley retired after the 2003 Men's College Cup, finishing with a Division I record 544 victories in 31 seasons.

Each team converted two penalty kicks before Indiana's Mike Ambersley slipped a shot under the crossbar to put the Hoosiers ahead.

Nate Boyden tried to fake Nolly out of position on Santa Barbara's final kick, but Nolly dived to his left and deflected the shot away.

Before Boyden's kick, Nolly dived to his right, blocking a shot by Tony Lochhead.

John Michael Hayden and Greg Badger also converted for Indiana. Drew McAthy and Ivan Becerra made penalty kicks for the ninth-seeded Gauchos (21-3-1).

The Gauchos had the best scoring chance in overtime, but Andy Iro headed Lochhead's corner kick over the crossbar from 6 yards in the 102nd minute.

McAthy tied the game in the 82nd minute with his third goal of the Men's College Cup and his 18th of the season.

Unmarked, McAthy secured the rebound of Ivan Becerra's blocked shot and scored inside the left post from 8 yards. The goal made McAthy Santa Barbara's career scoring leader with 115 points.

Jacob Peterson gave Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. Jed Zayner sent a long pass to Peterson, who beat Iro and stretched his right leg to volley the ball just outside the 18-yard penalty area.

Gauchos goalkeeper Dan Kennedy charged forward and deflected the ball with his right hand into an open net.

Nolly was named the most valuable defensive player, and McAthy was the most valuable offensive player.

-- Courtesy Associated Press

UCSB Post Game Quotes

UCSB Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg

"Obviously this is a very disappointing loss, but I thought we played well today. Indiana is a good team, but I thought after that goal we had a good shot. [UCSB] is resilient, we work hard and are committed, and I thought we could wear them down. In the second half, we had good opportunities, and in overtime we kept coming. I told the players that at the end of the day, as a coach you put something together, and you want them to do so well. Not in my wildest dreams did I think we would play that well against such a good team. I just wish we had another overtime period."

On who was the better team
"Well, they're holding the trophy. We were so focused, so committed, and we've changed so much since the last time we faced them while they've stayed the same. I knew going into today that Indiana was going to see a much different team."

"This program is growing. Obviously we now have the championship experience, and how great were our fans today? The community and the school want this to keep going, and there's no reason why we can't be a top ten school for years to come."

On the decision to use goalkeeper Kyle Reynish instead of Danny Kennedy for penalty kicks "Danny was very diplomatic [in his post-game quotes]. He's still mad at me. Penalty kicks are about length, and Kyle is 6'4" with long arms. Nobody works harder with penalty kicks than us, it just didn't work out today. With Kyle he doesn't have to guess on which way the guy is going to kick, and that's why he was able to block those shots."

"Someone tell me we lost. I still felt we were in good shape the whole game. They came out and sat in the second half and you can't do that against us. Right after we scored, we had more opportunities. [Earlier in the year] we've been able to get the last goal."

On the penalty kick rule
I'm fine with the format. You get 110 minutes, and you've got to put some balls away. If you don't do it in 110 minutes, you need to find another way."

UCSB goalkeeper Danny Kennedy
On whether he knew that he would not be the goalkeeper for penalty kicks "I knew. Kyle [Reynish] is a great shot stopper. He's long, and he's got a couple inches on me. He made some great saves. We were just unfortunate that we didn't get enough. Any time you're in a championship game, you just don't want to go to penalty kicks."

On the future of UCSB soccer and how the team fared against Indiana
"You could see it out on the field. I'd like to see the stats on how many corners we had compared to them. It's unfortunate it went to penalty kicks and it just didn't go our way. Every school needs one team to lead the way in terms of championships. For UCSB it was us. We know that what talks in championships and trophies. UCSB will be back here."

UCSB midfielder Nate Boyden
On Indiana's first goal
"It was my mistake. I got out of position and misjudged the speed of the ball. I got a finger on it, but he got a foot on it. It was my fault."

On his missed penalty kick
It was a bad PK. It was very savable, it was an easy save. That's the way I kick them all the time at practice, it just wasn't my day."

"A year ago I didn't even know if I would ever play again. I never thought I would be here. I thought we were going to win today, but we've got to move on and move forward. Tomorrow is another day."

On Indiana's second half play
"When they got the lead they dropped off. I thought it was easier than against most teams, so we definitely got our chances."

On physical nature of game
"It was very physical but it was nothing personal. Both teams have such a strong will to win. Maybe we used their quotes from the last time we played to fire us up. Last time they thought they were the better team. Today we feel we were."


Indiana Head Coach Mike Freitag

First of all I would like to commend UCSB. They were outstanding on the day. They say defense wins championships and we had to defend today. I think our game against Maryland on Friday took a lot out of us. We played a very good opponent today. I think it showed our character. They kept on fighting until the end and they ended up being champions and Im very proud of them.

Soccer is a funny game. We played them earlier in the year and I thought it was a game we dominated. This time I thought they had a good amount of the play. Did we dodge a bullet? Im not sure if thats a term we should use. But its a funny old game. Our guys played like champions under tough conditions. The crowd was for the Gauchos. All I know is we won our seventh national championship.

Senior Goalkeeper Jay Nolly

(On the final penalty kick he saved)
I never really look at the moves. My focus is really on the ball. I get a read right away on what Im going to do and what side Im going to and then I stick with it. Those last two I felt they were going that way. I went all out for them and the ball was there.

(On the UCSB crowd)
You feed off of the emotions in the stands. They are saying stuff but it just doesnt affect you. We play away half of the season and we play in front of some pretty hostile crowds so we know how to deal with it. We fed off it well and it wasnt a problem for us.

(On finishing his career a national champion)
I dont know what else you can do, going out on top twice. Its just an unbelievable feeling and, especially to have your last play be a save to win a championship is just unbelievable.

Senior Midfielder Danny ORourke

(On whether penalty kicks is a good way to decide a game)
Its a bad way to determine a national championship, but when youre on the winning side it feels kind of good.

(On finishing his career a national champion)
I can only reiterate what Jay (Nolly) said. Im so proud of the guys. Just the vibe in the locker room and on the field after we won to be able to weather the storm and for Jay, in his last game, coming up with a big save to win. Its a great day for this program.

Sophomore Forward Jacob Peterson

(On his goal in the first half)
Its all kind of a blur right now. I think Jed (Zayner) took it up and played a great ball in. The keeper was out so I just tried to go over him. I just saw him coming off his line. The coaches talked to me about how the keeper likes to come out early so I just tried to get it over.

-- Courtesy UCLA