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Irish Insights


Fort Wayne native leads IU past Notre Dame

It was a little cold, but that was the only thing Indiana forward Tim Wylie could have possibly found wrong with Wednesday night's soccer match against Notre Dame in Parkview Field.

The Fort Wayne native scored the winning goal in the second game played in the TinCaps' baseball home as the Hoosiers won 3-2.

"The goalie almost had it, he got his mitts on it, but luckily it went into the side of the net," said Wylie, who was a standout at Carroll.

Wylie stepped into the winning goal perfectly after IU's Blake Wise poked the ball out to him at the top of Notre Dame's goal box.

Wylie made a quick move to get around a defender before blasting the winning shot from 18 yards out.

"The lad hit a terrific shot from downtown, that was a really good goal," Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. He caught it perfectly, and it went in."

Wylie isn't a regular in IU's playing rotation. After not playing as a sophomore, he appeared in 12 matches and notched an assist this past season.

Wylie entered Wednesday's match with about 17 minutes to play, but he said he had been getting some good playing time during the spring.

"I'm getting better, and hopefully that will lead into the fall," Wylie said.

The Hoosiers fell behind 1-0 in the game's fourth minute when Danny O'Leary scored on a crossing pass from the left wing by Brendan King.

IU answered back in the ninth minute with a goal off a crossing pass by Harrison Petts. The Hoosiers then took a 2-1 lead with a goal by Wise from 35 yards out.

O'Leary tied the game again in the second half when he scored off a through pass by Harrison Shipp in the match's 51st minute, leading to Wylie's heroics and a strong defensive stand to close the game by IU.

In the final minute, Notre Dame's goalie joined the offense in IU's defensive end, and the Irish nearly tied the match when Adam Mena blasted a shot off the Hoosiers' crossbar.

"We give them their money's worth here," said IU coach Todd Yeagley, whose team is 1-1 in Parkview. "This was a 3-2 game, last year was a 2-2 and we went to penalties last year just to have a winner (Notre Dame won 4-2 on PKs).

"I think the fans really enjoyed a good level of soccer. It was very exciting at the end there with our goal and their chance off the post."