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Irish Insights


Irish, Hoosiers set to close spring soccer

Notre Dame and Indiana will kick off the final spring game for both men's soccer teams at Parkview Field shortly.

This is the second time in as many years the Irish and Hoosiers have played in the baseball home of the TinCaps.

The match, which is part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, will be played on a slightly smaller pitch than usual.

The pitch in the baseball stadium stretches from foul pole to foul pole and is 100 yards long and 60 yards wide. A typical college pitch is between 110 to 120 yards long and 65 to 75 yards wide.

But the teams shouldn't be too bothered by the dimensions tonight, as they have already experienced the Parkview soccer pitch when Notre Dame defeated IU 4-2 in a shootout last year when the teams finished regulation tied at 2.

"Last year playing that game was awesome," Irish midfielder Dillon Powers said. "The atmosphere was great. I don't know if I just didn't expect that from a baseball stadium

"The field is a little smaller, and it made for a quick game, an up-and-back game.

"We are fairly well matched opponents. I enjoy playing IU. They play good soccer, and I respect their program and players. It's a fun game."