In soccer, there are well-placed strikes, and then there are perfect strikes. What Indiana’s Mason Toye unleashed in the 109th minute Saturday night was a perfect strike.
The Hoosiers, ranked No. 1 in the country and one of only three teams in the Top 25 without a loss this season, were locked in a tight contest with Big Ten rival Wisconsin after the Badgers scored late in the second half to push the game to extra time. Despite doubling Wisconsin’s shot total through the first 108 minutes, the score remained locked at 1-1 deep into the bonus period.
That’s when Wisconsin took an Indiana man down, with just under two minutes remaining in the match, and up stepped Toye from 25 yards out, where he did this:
It’s impossible to imagine a better shot being launched from Toye’s position. At a fairly severe angle to the left of the goal, the swerving strike finds Wisconsin keeper Philipp Schilling helpless despite good positioning.
Schilling had a good outing, making 10 saves against a relentless Hoosiers attack, but it didn’t matter who was in goal for the final shot of the night: Toye’s shot was simply perfect.
Indiana, now 13-0-3, closes the season out with a big match vs. No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 29 in East Lansing.