Staff report from press release
Charlottesville, Virginia – November 26, 2023
In a showcase of resilience and skill, Indiana’s men’s soccer team clinched a spot in the Elite Eight for the 29th time in their illustrious history, following head coach Todd Yeagley’s milestone 200th career win. The Hoosiers secured a 1-0 victory over the No. 7-seeded Virginia Cavaliers during the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 on Sunday.
Freshman Collins Oduro netted a crucial 11th-minute goal that proved to be the decider giving Indiana the edge and the ticket to the coveted Elite Eight stage. Oduro’s goal marked his fifth of the season and his second in the NCAA Tournament.
The match witnessed tense moments, especially for Indiana’s defense, as they weathered early pressure from the Cavaliers. Virginia’s senior midfielder Mouhameth Thiam came inches away from breaking the deadlock, hitting the crossbar with an effort in the 10th minute.
However, it was Indiana who capitalized on the swift offensive play just a minute later. Senior forward Maouloune Goumballe orchestrated a run down the left flank, providing a pinpoint cross for Oduro, who clinically finished from close range.
Senior goalkeeper JT Harms thwarted Virginia’s attempts, making a crucial save early in the second half. Additionally, senior Jansen Miller cleared the ball off the line twice, preserving Indiana’s slender lead.
The victory extended Indiana’s streak to eight consecutive wins. Furthermore, it marked only the second time this season that Virginia suffered a shutout defeat.
Coach Yeagley’s 200th victory since assuming the helm of Indiana’s men’s soccer in 2010 cements his status in NCAA Division-I men’s soccer, boasting a tally of 362 wins as a head coach, assistant coach, and player.
Indiana’s advancement to the Elite Eight underlines their consistency in recent years, securing a spot in the quarterfinal round for the third time in the last four seasons and the fifth time in the last seven.
Looking ahead, the Hoosiers eagerly await their next challenge against the winner of the Notre Dame versus Western Michigan matchup. The timing and venue for the Elite Eight clash are yet to be determined.
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