Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Indiana University' Sean Caulfield blocks a kick on goal iin the first half of Saturday's Shindigz Spring Festival at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium against Notre Dame.
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Indiana University's Spencer Glass moves to send the ball down the field with Notre Dame's Sean Dedrick looking to block the kick iin the first half of Saturday's Shindigz Spring Festival at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium.
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Indiana University's Rece Buckmaster sends the ball across the field iin the first half of Saturday's Shindigz Spring Festival at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium against Notre Dame.
Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:50 pm
IU downs Notre Dame in soccer shootout
JOSH PATTERSON | For The Journal Gazette
While two Indiana players saw Saturday’s match against Notre Dame as a homecoming, it’s safe to say that no one was happier after the match than Sean Caulfield.
The Hoosier goalkeeper kept the Irish off the board in a scoreless regulation, then saved three straight penalty kicks during a shootout in Indiana’s 1-0 victory at Saint Francis' D'Arcy Stadium.
“I guessed right,” Caulfield said. “I don’t want to take too much credit for it. Sometimes you just get lucky. I think this was one that when we got the spring schedule, everybody circled. Coming to (Rece) Buckmaster’s hometown and Spencer (Glass’) hometown, we knew we had to get a win for them.”
While Caulfield stopped each shootout attempt he faced, his teammates (Trevor Swartz, Tim Mehl and Austin Panchot) made their penalty kicks as IU won the shootout, 3-0.
The hometown duo of Buckmaster and Glass both started and featured prominently for Indiana. Buckmaster played all 90 minutes in the midfield, while Glass saw 63 minutes of time in the midfield.
“That was our first game in a while and going the full 90 puts a toll on the body, but I’m feeling alright,” Buckmaster said.
Buckmaster, who won two state titles at Canterbury, drew six starts last fall during the regular season. There were a couple tenuous moments early on for him as Notre Dame controlled the first 20 minutes, but Indiana coach Todd Yeagley explained that there’s more in store moving forward for Buckmaster.
“I thought (he) was good all day,” Yeagley said. “Rece is someone we’re really high on. He’s going to play big time minutes for us next fall, and I expect him to have a phenomenal last two years for us.”
For Glass, who graduated from Carroll and won a state title himself with his club team (Carmel United), the big takeaway from Saturday was finding playing time. While Glass’ natural position is left back, he finds himself second on the depth chart to Andrew Gutman, considered one of the top players in the country at that position.
Still, the Hoosier coach knows his team is better with Glass on the field, and the spring season affords time to find where his impact will be best felt.
“We want to get Spencer repetition there so we have options,” Yeagley said. “We think he can also play left back and also maybe somewhere else. The main thing is to get Spencer experience. He’s going to play some minutes. We just have to determine how many as we get closer.”
Both Yeagley and Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark praised what the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has become, crediting founder Terry Stefanciewicz for his hard work in building what’s become a premier soccer event that draws high-level programs from across the country.
“I think there were enough chances to keep the fans happy,” Clark said. “It’s always fun to come down to Fort Wayne. It’s always very, very competitive.
“(Indiana and Notre Dame) is a great in-state rivalry. You come down here, and it’s always a good crowd.”