Another game, another overtime. On Tuesday, Indiana men’s soccer drew with #16 Notre Dame 1-1 after 2OT. The Hoosiers have gone to overtime in every single game this season. While IU has been able to snatch victories in three of those overtimes, the team wasn’t so lucky against Notre Dame despite outshooting their in-state rivals 25-8.
In many ways, the match ended up being a collision of varying styles of play: Notre Dame’s possession oriented approach versus Indiana’s quick strike counter attack.
The Irish got off to a great start controlling possession and scoring just before halftime, as Notre Dame’s Ben Giacobello slotted home a goal in the 40th minute. Despite Notre Dame controlling the ball, Indiana’s offense seemed potent right from kickoff. In fact, the Hoosiers had three times as many shots in the first half as Notre Dame, 9-3.
IU put its foot on the throttle in the second half, attempting an impressive 13 shots. In the 67th minute, Simon Waever delivered a precise cross to Herbert Endeley for the tying goal.
The match would be a stalemate the rest of the way, finishing in a 1-1 draw in double overtime. Indiana finished with more overall shots, more shots on goal (8-3), and more corner kicks (13-9).
Despite Indiana’s numerous overtime games, the beginning of the season so far has had several bright spots. For the third season of the last four, the Hoosiers have played the first five games of the season without suffering a loss (currently sit at 3-0-2). Indiana also has continued its dominance at home, as they are undefeated in their last 29 matches (26-0-3) in Bloomington. Statistically, Indiana has also proven its offensive prowess. Through five games, the Hoosiers have had an impressive 80 shots, an average of 16 shots per game.
IU will hit the pitch again at 5:30 pm on Friday, September 20, at home against Wisconsin. The game can also be seen on the Big Ten Network.
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