Hoosiers Fall on Penalty Kicks in NCAA Tournament Second Round
Nov. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - No. 4 seed Indiana (13-4-5) saw its 2007 season come to an end as Bradley (15-5-4) got the better of the Hoosiers in penalty kicks, 5-4 Wednesday night in an NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament second-round match at Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
The match officially goes into the books as a 1-1 tie. Bradley will move on to face No. 13 seed Maryland, a 3-2 shootout winner over Loyola.
The Hoosiers came out attacking and jumped on the Braves early as midfielder John Mellencamp scored his first goal of the season just 1:37 into the match. Rich Balchan set up the score bringing up the ball on the right side before making a centering pass to Mellencamp. Mellencamp struck the ball cleanly from the 18-yard box for the 1-0 lead.
The remainder of the first half was fairly quiet with the Hoosiers holding a slight 4-2 advantage in shot attempts. Goalkeeper Chay Cain came up with one save on a header from Justin Bigelow.
The Hoosiers were dealt a blow when MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist Brad Ring left the match in the 27th minute with an ankle injury and was unable to return.
Cain came up with another big save, one of four on the night, at 56:20 when Rudy Garcia had a free look at the back of the net but could not get the ball past the junior net minder.
Indiana had seven shots in the second period, including a thru-ball from Mellencamp to Eric Alexander. Alexander took his shot from about five yards out but the effort landed right at Bradley `keeper Mike Haynes who easily picked up the save.
Bradley finally broke through for the game-tying goal at 68:35 off the foot of Stephen Brust. Ken Hickman took the initial shot on the play but the ball was blocked by the Indiana defense. The rebound went out to Brust who hit it to the far post where it bounced just inside the net.
It was a flurry of activity around the Indiana net in the final two minutes of regulation as the Braves attempted three corner kicks but each time Indiana came up with the clearing shot.
Perhaps the best shot of the night came off the foot of one of the nation's top defenders as Ofori Sarkodie nearly put the game away with his blistering attempt at 92:47. It took a leaping punch over from Haynes to keep the game deadlocked.
Hickman had a one-on-one chance against Cain with a wide-open header off service from Garcia but flicked his attempt high.
For the second time in as many games, Indiana saw its fate decided by a penalty kick shootout. Brust went first for the Braves and sent his attempt right down the middle. Billy Weaver responded with a make to the left.
Andy Adlard, Brian Ackley and Eric Alexander made each of the next three shots, as did Joe Donoho, Drew DeGurian and Grant Gamble for Bradley. For the final shot of the best-of-five round, Chris Cutshaw made good on his attempt to the right side, leaving it up to the Hoosiers. Freshman Michael Roach, who had a solid week of penalty kick practice, saw his attempt sail high and bounce