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College Cup Preview: Indiana Vs Creighton

December 7th, 2012 at 1:53 PM
By Evan Reller

The Hoosiers will face Creighton tonight in the College Cup. IU has had a nearly improbable run so far in the NCAA tournament. 

Two weeks ago, IU defeat top seeded Notre Dame in overtime 2-1. They followed that game up by beating the defending champions, North Carolina. 

Creighton has gone 12-0-2 over its last 14 games. Freshman goalie Jeff Gal is fifth in the league in save percentage, stopping 86 percent of the shots taken against him. He has allowed three goals in the tournament. Creighton went into penalty kicks against Akron and won 5-4, with Gal making a key save to get the win. 

For IU, senior keeper Luis Soffner has an 81 percent save percentage. He has only allowed two goals in the tournament. 

Both IU and Creighton have scored 39 goals over the season, so this will probably be a low scoring, 1-0 game and might even come down to penalty kicks. 

Creighton has a 4-3 record against IU all time. 

Eriq Zavaleta, who's absence from the Herrman Trophy voting list is appalling, is the leading goal scorer remaining among teams in the College Cup. Rumors have begun to swirl around Zavaleta entering the draft after the season and even being a top five pick. Zavaleta will have to continue his impressive season if IU is going to advance to the championship. He was in the right place at the right time against North Carolina, and this combination of luck and skill should serve him well against Gal and the Creighton defense. 

The Hoosiers simply have a more complete team that has put all the pieces together at just the right time. Midfielder A.J. Corrado has been exceptional this season with 12 assists and could be a huge difference maker for the Hoosiers. 

We predict that IU wins a tight game, 1-0. 

Tags: A.J. Corrado, College Cup, Creighton, Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, Jeff Gal, NCAA

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