Before the game even begins, Indiana men's soccer has already made history. This will be it's 14th appearance in the College Cup finals, a record. The Hoosiers are also the first 16 seed to ever make it to the finals.
Today, they will try to win an eighth championship.
The road to the finals has not been easy for IU. They had to upset number one seed Notre Dame in a 2-1 overtime thriller and then defeat the defending champions North Carolina on the road.
The Hoosiers defeated Creighton 1-0 in the College Cup semifinals. Georgetown had a much more interesting game against heavy favorite Maryland. The Hoyas blew two goal leads twice over the course of the game forcing a shoot out with the game tied 4-4, which they would win 4-3.
Forward Steve Neumann had a hat trick (that's three goals) and also nailed the first goal of the penalty kicks for Georgetown.
Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen came off the bench for IU to score the games lone goal half way through the first half. The teams leading goal scorer, Eriq Zavaleta, was quite most of the night but did get a couple good looks.
The Hoosiers will need more from Zavaleta to defeat Georgetown and the exceptional play of the midfield will need to continue.
Georgetown averages 1.63 goals per game with IU averaging 1.77 a game. The Hoyas have allowed six goals in the tournament and been taken to penalty kicks twice.
Georgetown has a 19-3-2 record but it is unclear what they are doing statistically that sets them apart from other teams. The Hoyas played to the style of Maryland on Friday and will try to get back to the type of game they have played all season.
IU has played exceptional defense thus far and only allowed two goals in the tournament.
Our prediction is that IU wins 2-1. This is Georgetown's first trip to the finals and IU's ability to counter attack with Zavaleta will prove the difference maker along with the play of its midfielders.
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