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Indiana Men’s Soccer Wins Eighth National Title

December 10th, 2012 at 4:46 PM
By Evan Reller

Yesterday, Indiana won it's eighth championship with a 1-0 win over Georgetown. The Hoosiers became the first 16-seed to not only make the finals, but also win a title.

Junior midfielder Nikita Kotlov scored the games lone goal in the 64th minute of play. Kotlov's goal was assisted by Eriq Zavaleta. A long cross came to the far post where the Georgetown defense and goalie Tomas Gomez came out to defend Zavaleta, leaving Kotlov wide open with an empty net.  

After the goal, it was up to the defense to seal the victory for the Hoosiers. 

"You see the emotion from them. You can see it in the locker room. This is special," Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley said. "It was a really hard-fought final. I couldn't be more proud of these players. Words are hard to explain what we shared in the locker room and what we shared on the field."

Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner was credited with two saves, and he was named defensive MOP (Most Outstanding Player) of the tournament. 

"I saw just pure fight for our team," Soffner said. "We always said that defense wins championships, and even when we're not having the best offensive game, our defense would come in, and every guy on the field came together and fought. We didn't let the ball into the net, and that was our mentality.

"We knew that we'd get a goal, as long as the defense held tough. Georgetown put good pressure on us [Sunday], but from front to back, we had good team defense, and it paid off."

The Quest for Eight (#Q48) is over. Indiana pulled off an improbable run in the tournament. We've mentioned it before, but the Hoosiers managed to defeat 1-seed Notre Dame, 9-seed and defending champions North Carolina at home where they had won 40 straight games, 12-seed Creighton, and 3-seed Georgetown who had just defeated 2-seed Maryland. 

The deck was decidedly stacked against Indiana, but the Hoosiers managed to stick it out. Yeagley and his coaching staff deserve a ton of credit as their game plans and adjustments were impeccable throughout the tournament. 

While normally we'd go back and review what went wrong or where the program needs to improve, it's hard to be critical when they win a title. 

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Tags: Eriq Zavaleta, Georgetown, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, NCAA, Nikita Kotlov, Todd Yeagley

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