South Bend, Indiana – December 2, 2023
Indiana University’s men’s soccer team saw their NCAA Tournament journey conclude in defeat on Saturday night, as the Hoosiers fell in a penalty shootout against Notre Dame at Alumni Stadium, marking the conclusion of their 29th NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearance, an NCAA record.
Despite a comeback to level the score 1-1 in the 63rd minute after conceding an early 17th-minute goal, the Hoosiers were unable to secure victory even after dominating the match statistically with a 25-11 shot advantage. Following the conclusion of regular time and two overtime periods, the fate of the game was decided by a penalty shootout, with the hosts clinching victory with a flawless 5-4 shootout result.
Indiana University closed their season with a 15-4-5 record, showcasing resilience after a slow start at 3-3-4. The team rallied, winning 12 out of 14 games in the latter half of the season, earning them their 12th Big Ten Double title. Their triumph included sharing the conference’s regular-season championship with Penn State and subsequently prevailing over them in the tournament final.
Reflecting on the team’s performance, IU head coach Todd Yeagley expressed the emotional toll of the loss, stating, “It hurts more because you invest more.”
Several key moments defined the match, including Daniel Russo’s 17th-minute goal for Notre Dame and Patrick McDonald’s equalizer in the 63rd minute. Despite numerous near misses and attempts by both sides throughout the game and extra time, neither team could secure a decisive goal.
Notable occurrences during the match included senior forward Maouloune Goumballe’s shot, which seemed destined for the net but narrowly missed, hitting the end-line within feet of the post.
The Hoosiers’ senior class concluded their tenure with a 71-20-17 (.736) record across five seasons, consistently reaching the Sweet 16 or better and making two NCAA College Cup appearances.