IU soccer caps perfect weekend in South Bend

SOUTH BEND — The No. 18 Indiana men’s soccer team capped an unbeaten weekend at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament with a 2-0 win over No. 24 South Florida on Sunday.

The Hoosiers (3-1) beat UAB on Friday, 2-1, but still finished as tourney runner-up. Host Notre Dame won the title on goal differential after a 2-0 win over USF on Friday and 4-0 win against UAB Sunday.

“Another good step forward. I thought it was very business-like the way the guys approached the weekend in everything they did,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said. “Great team unity, great effort and some really good soccer. But we’re not there yet in our soccer, which is a positive, I think. We’re going to continue to get much better. One thing that was clear this weekend is that our team defending is very good, individually and collectively.”

Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored off an assist from Billy McConnell in the 14th minute to give IU the lead against the Bulls, while Grant Lillard added another goal in the 63rd minute when he knocked home the rebound of a Phil Fives shot to make it 2-0.

Indiana outshot USF 17-8 for the match, requiring goalkeeper Colin Webb to make just one save.

The Hoosiers’ next match is the Big Ten opener at Penn State next Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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  1. I got to watch the entire game against ND on TV. That was a great college soccer match! But after winning the play on the pitch for 105 minutes, the Hoosiers just looked tired and lacking in confidence in the last 5 minutes. The keeper makes a poor play out of the back, we lose the ball in the midfield and the marking around the 18 gets lax. Meanwhile ND seems certain that they can get a goal, and they do. That result was hard to take. Great comeback performances against good opposition. But ND is still better. Ouch!

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