HOOVER, Ala. – Indiana and Georgetown had little time to worry about their NCAA soccer title game showdown today.
Georgetown must recover from two overtimes and a shootout in its semifinal victory Friday night, while Indiana hasn’t played on only one day of rest since early September.
There’s no doubt that plays into it, but it’s a final, Indiana coach Todd Yeagley said Saturday. It’s a special game. I’m sure both teams will find something extra.
Indiana (15-5-3) is in the championship for a record 14th time after its 1-0 semifinal victory over Creighton. The Hoosiers have won seven titles, second only to Saint Louis with 10.
The Hoyas (19-3-3) are making their first appearance in the championship game. Georgetown beat Maryland 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 4-4 tie.
The teams are significantly different on the field as well. The Hoosiers have relied heavily on their defense, allowing only 18 goals in 23 games. Meanwhile, Georgetown’s attacking offense has scored 43 goals in 25 games.
The Hoyas have scored seven goals in their past two games alone. The Hoosiers have not given up seven goals in their past eight games combined. Georgetown has scored two or more goals in 13 games. Indiana has given up two goals in a game only four times.
These contrasting styles were on full display in the semifinals. The Hoyas continued pushing the ball against Maryland even after taking a 4-2 lead in the second half.
That’s the way we play, Georgetown coach Brian Wiese said. We’re not going to change that.
That offense will be put to the test against Indiana, which held Creighton to only two shots on goal in the semifinals, and both of those occurred in the final three minutes when the Bluejays were in an all-out scoring push.