Wittenbrink winner sends IU Sweet 16 for the eighth year in a row
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Men’s Soccer is the only program to reach the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship in each of the last eight seasons.
The Hoosiers (11-4-6, 3-1-4 B1G) earned a 1-0 shutout win over Saint Louis (12-5-3, 6-1-1 A- 10). Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink Sunday (Nov. 20) at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
With the second-round win, IU hosts Marshall in a third-round matchup next weekend in Bloomington for a repeat of the 2020 NCAA College Cup Finals.
• 11′ – Indiana had their best first-half chance from an early corner when the ball entered the six-yard box to hit redshirt senior Daniel Munie. Munie tried a shot across his body but SLU senior goalkeeper Carlos Tofern got right in front and deflected it to Jack Wagoner, the new midfielder, who missed a try.
• 14′ – The Billikens had perhaps their best try three minutes later when a long-range shot was headed in before junior defender Joey Maher put his foot in front of goal.
• 60′ – Great link-up play gave SLU senior midfielder John Klein space in the box but he fired his shot high and wide.
• 75′ – As he has done so many times this season, Wittenbrink dribbled in from the left wing, sliced off with his right foot, found an angle and fired in the far corner to break the stalemate.
• Indiana advances to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the eighth straight year. The Hoosiers shared the streak with Wake Forest coming into the campaign, but the Demon Deacons lost in the first round of the tournament to end their run after seven straight seasons.
• IU went 8-3-1 at Bill Armstrong Stadium this season and conceded their sixth goal at home.
• The Hoosiers have beaten Saint Louis seven times in a row and are 5-0 all-time in tournament games against SLU, all played at Bloomington. Indiana owns a 24-9-4 all-time series record.
• Indiana extended its NCAA record for tournament wins, finishing 98th on Sunday.
• Of his 47 NCAA tournament appearances, Indiana has won at least one game in 39 of those appearances.
• The Hoosiers are 5-3-1 against ranked opponents. The Billikens finished 20th in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
• Wittenbrink’s goal-winning goal has contributed one goal in each of their last six games (three goals, three assists). The redshirt senior leads the team in goals (9), assists (8) and points (26) and scored his fifth game-winning goal this season, leading the Big Ten and third nationally.
Indiana hosts Marshall in the round of 16 next weekend. More information will be announced shortly.
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