[NORTH CAROLINA-INDIANA] Eriq Zavaleta's 18th goal of the season ended Indiana's eight-year College Cup drought. A 1-0 win at defending champion North Carolina sends the Hoosiers to Friday's semifinals against the UConn-Creighton winner in Hoover, Ala. The loss snapped the Tar Heels' 40-match unbeaten streak at Fetzer Field.
“This group, I couldn’t be more happy for them,” said IU coach Todd Yeagley. “I am proud of our players and how they have stayed the course. There is a lot of expectation with this program and these players are playing the best when the pressure is greatest.
On Zavaleta's goal, his header was initially saved by UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, but the ball came right back out to the IU sophomore, who headed it home on an open net to give IU the 1-0 lead.
“We knew that one goal could win this game,” Zavaleta said. “[Patrick] Doody played a great ball in and I got myself in a good spot. [Goodwin] made a good save, but I was right there.”
Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffnerheld off a late UNC assault and earned his 10th shutout of the season in the win.
The loss meant that Carolina won't be going to the College Cup for the first time since the 2007 season.
Nov. 30 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
North Carolina 0 Indiana 1.Goal: Zavaleta 60.
North Carolina --Goodwin, Campbell, Okwuonu, McCrary, Gafa, Olofson, Garcia, George, Lopez, Lovejoy, Craven. Subs: Rice, Murphy, Brown.
Indiana --Soffner, McKain, Konstanski, Doody, Bradford, Petts, Kotlov, Corrado, Bushue, Lax, Zavaleta. Subs: Hollinger-Janzen, Wylie, Ballard.
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