IU falls to Marshall in OT within the Faculty Cup Closing | Sports activities
Another national championship was within reach for Indiana on Monday night in the College Cup final against upstart Marshall.
But the tenacious Thundering Herd, who made a strong push in the second half, eventually scored the golden goal in overtime, beating the Hoosiers 1-0 in the first minute in the 97th minute and 8 seconds for their first national title to get program history.
The winning goal came after Marshall Star midfielder Vitor Dias escaped in the penalty area and shot a shot into the net. IU goalkeeper Roman Celentano saved, but the diversion hit the post and Marshall’s Jamil Roberts was there for the putback shot in the corner of the net that sent Marshall fans walking in to Sahlen Stadium in Cary, North Carolina Rage.
“Déjà vu,” said Roberts, who scored similarly in Marhsall’s College Cup semi-final win against North Carolina on Friday. “Keeper saves a lot and I’m here to tap into it. Fortunately, I’m in the right place at the right time and that’s what we train. I do this 20, 30 times in the game, but it takes one time for the ball to fall. “
Indiana, battling for its ninth national title and for the first time since 2012, had a heartbreak. The end was similar to the 2017 College Cup final, which IU lost 1-0 in double overtime to Stanford.
“I’m proud of my boys for getting to this point,” said IU striker AJ Palazollo. “Everything we’ve been through with COVID – lots of ups and downs. We fought. We thought we were going to win tonight. It just didn’t go our way. I love this team, love this program. It sucks going out like that, but we have to keep our heads up because we had a damn good team. “
Marshall prevailed in the first 90 minutes with 14: 6 against Indiana and in the net with 6: 1.
“They presented us with a lot of challenges,” said IU trainer Todd Yeagley. “Your individual talent is high-end. They had some additional attackers, and their ability to ask us tough questions defensively went through the night. “
IU’s best chances in the first half had two headers. Defender Daniel Munie’s header hit the right post on the first hit. In the second round Munie was open to a finish after a corner kick, but his header went wide.
Celentano had four saves for IU in the first half, including a save of slides that kept the game goalless.
IU’s best chance of scoring in the second half came from a free kick by second striker Herbert Endeley just outside the 18-yard mark. Second striker Victor Bezerra was able to deflect a shot around Marshall’s wall, but goalkeeper Oliver Semmle made a dive stop to keep the game goalless.
“We created the opportunities we needed,” said Yeagley. “That was difficult because it was there for us.”
Bezerra, IU’s leading goalscorer with 12 goals, has been kept goalless in the last four postseason games.
“He’s been scouted throughout the tournament and tonight they tagged him as a man,” said Palazollo. “It was hard to find the ball for him and since we didn’t have the ball it was difficult to get that rhythm and involve Vic the way we would have liked.”
Celentano was named the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player, while Endeley and newly minted IU defender Joey Maher were named the All-Tournament Team.