FORT WAYNE – Indiana men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley is always looking for different things to take from a game.
Saturday, the Hoosiers showed how to respond to adversity.
Eriq Zavaleta scored in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime against Notre Dame. Teammate Jacob Bushue provided the game-winner in the 96th minute as the Hoosiers rallied to defeat the Irish 5-4 in an exhibition in front of 3,498 fans in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival at Parkview Field.
I was very pleased with our response from the first half, Yeagley said. Our performance (in the first half) was well below standard. The players knew it. We weren’t ready to play. The second half, the performance was good.
From a character standpoint I think our team grew for next year.
This is the third year the teams have met in the spring at Parkview Field. IU has won two of three contests.
Notre Dame’s Alex Priede scored with 2:21 to play to put the Irish ahead 4-3.
Zavaleta tied the game, scoring on a shot off a scramble in front of the net with seven seconds to go.
In the second half, it was all about the heart and pride we took into winning the game, Zavaleta said. We wanted this game. That goal proves it. We had second chances all game long, and I was at the right spot.
Bushue scored the game-winning goal at 95:14, lofting a shot over Notre Dame’s goalkeeper Will Walsh.
I think their defender poked it to me, and I just hit it, Bushue said.
Jacob had a really good game overall, Yeagley said. He’s been steady. He brings to our team a toughness.
Indiana had a tough time getting anything going in the first half.
Notre Dame’s Adam Mena scored in the 29th minute to give the Irish a 1-0 lead.
That was the only goal of the half. Patrick Wall had one save for the Irish.
Max Lachowecki scored at 47:09 to make it 2-0.
Indiana responded with goals by Joe Tolen and Kyle Sparks to tie the game at 2 at the 56th minute.
Harrison Shipp’s goal at 67:32 put Notre Dame ahead 3-2. Tolen then scored his second goal at 75:12.
It remained tied at 3 until the hectic final minutes.
Five to four, it was more like a baseball game, Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. It’s fun just to come down here and play. It was a nice crowd, and we even had nice weather. It was very exciting. It’s disappointing to lose, but I thought the game was the winner today.