IU soccer advances in B1G tourney

EVANSTON, Ill. — For the second time this season, 110 minutes of soccer produced a 1-1 tie between Indiana and Northwestern.

With a berth in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on the line Sunday, penalty kicks provided the tiebreaker, and Hoosier goalkeeper Colin Webb was the difference, just not the way you might expect.

Each team finished the first round of five PKs with four makes, setting up sudden death. Webb stepped up and made a penalty kick for IU, then saw the Northwestern player miss his attempt to give IU the 5-4 shootout victory.

With the win, sixth-seeded Indiana (11-3-5) advances to play second-seeded Ohio State in the semifinals Friday at Maryland. The host and top-seeded Terrapins will meet fifth-seeded Michigan State in the other semifinal.

Dylan Lax opened the scoring with a blast from 25 yards in the 17th minute to give IU a 1-0 lead, but the third-seeded Wildcats equalized in the 38th minute on a Nikko Boxall slip header off a corner kick.

One comment

  1. Good thinking Coach Yeagley. The GK should always be a great penalty kicker. He’s cool and calm, a product of the ‘me or death’ frame of mind they should all have. He also knows his options and what the opposing keeper is thinking better than anyone on the field, including the coaches. My (when I coached in a prep school) GK took every penalty we took over three years; never missed one, never had one stopped. Old South American saying about penalties “There’s never a great stop of a penalty shot; only badly kicked penalty shots.”

Comments are closed.