No. 2 Indiana advances in B1G tourney, 1-0

The 34th shot was the charm for the second-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team on Monday.

Junior Cory Thomas finally scored the golden goal in the 97th minute, giving the Hoosiers a 1-0 overtime victory against Penn State in a weather-delayed Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal match.

After a slow start, Indiana put the Nittany Lions’ defense under siege for the final 80-plus minutes, yet struggled to find the net.

Penn State goalkeeper Josh Levine made a career-high 12 saves to help keep IU off the board, while midfielder Trevor Swartz missed a PK in the 72nd minute to aid the visitors’ cause.

The Indiana offensive attack saw freshman Mason Toye attempt 11 shots, tied for the second-most in a single game by an IU player behind only the 12 shots of Will Bruin. Toye even put six of his shots on goal but could not sneak the ball past Levine.

In the end, Thomas finally got the job done. Freshman Griffin Dorsey dribbled into the box on the left side and laid the ball off for Thomas, who took a touch that bounced off a Penn State defender’s leg, then settled and ripped a shot into the left side of the net for the winner.

Indiana, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, advances to take on sixth-seeded Ohio State, which knocked off Michigan State on Sunday. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will meet in the Big Ten semifinals at Grand Park in Westfield on Friday at 2:30 p.m. following the noon opener between Michigan and Wisconsin.

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