No. 2 seed Indiana is headed to the Men's College Cup for a record 20th time after beating Notre Dame, 1-0, in Friday's quarterfinals.
Senior Austin Panchot
scored the game's only goal in the 64th minute on assists by Andrew Gutman
and Trevor Swartz
who leads the nation with 16 assists.
But it was another senior, injured Francesco Moore
, who provided a spark off the bench. Coach Todd Yeagley
was reluctant to use Moore,
deciding only to bring him on if the game was close in the second half. Panchot scored less than four minutes after Moore came on.
“He has so much presence it’s hard to put a
measure on it,” Yeagley said. “He gives us a different edge. It was risking Frankie for the group with the understanding that he’d be fine knowing the team is advancing. Fortunately,
he feels good. We can get him ready for Friday.”
The win was the Hoosiers' 12th straight this season at Armstrong Stadium, where they finish unbeaten and untied for the first time
in 20 years, and moves them into the semifinals against Big Ten rival Maryland, which they will face for the third time in 2018. Nov. 30
in Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana 1 Notre Dame 0.
Goals: Panchot (Gutman, Swartz) 64. Indiana --
Muse, Mehl, Maher, Gutman, Buckmaster, Swartz, Thomas, Panchot,
Dorsey, Gutjahr, Rennicks. Subs: Kleyn, Palazzolo, Moore, Glass. Notre Dame --
Turnbull, Dumas, Dedrick, Farrelly, Berneski, MacLeod, Casey, Townes, McFadden, McCabe, Aschieris. Subs:
Ueland, Lynn. Att.: