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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette IU defender Spencer Glass drives the ball as Notre Dame defender Sean Dedrick stumbles to catch up in the first half at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium on Sunday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette IU defender Rece Buckmaster, right, and Notre Dame midfielder Sean MacLeod fight for possession of the ball in the first half at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium on Sunday.  

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette IU defender A.J. Palazzolo, left, and Notre Dame forward Paul Rothrock collide while going for the ball in the first half at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium on Sunday.  

Sunday, April 22, 2018 6:40 pm

Notre Dame 3, Indiana 0

Irish blank Hoosiers in soccer showdown

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

Every year, the spring season presents new challenges and new opportunities for the Indiana and Notre Dame men's soccer teams. 

One thing that hasn't changed for the last nine years is the matchup at the National Soccer Festival  as Notre Dame won Sunday's contest 3-0 at Saint Francis' Bishop D'Arcy Stadium.

"We play this every year, and it's fun to come down here and put on a show in Fort Wayne," Notre Dame midfielder Tommy McCabe said. "It's a nice culmination for the end of the spring season. It's our last game against a college team. I know they had a really good year last year, and they beat us in the fall so it's nice to win ..."

The Irish are now under the direction of coach Chad Riley, a former Notre Dame player who was hired to replace Bobby Clark, who stepped down in the fall after leading the program for 17 seasons.

"You want to improve in the spring," Riley said. "Bobby was my coach. I worked with him for a long time. I think a lot of it was is an evolution of things. It's not a huge amount of big changes. I think at the start of the spring, it's a new team and you just want to improve.

"It was a great game. We were fortunate to put away some of our chances. They had couple of good chances in the second half. It was a good performance overall on both sides of the ball. Really, you're always working on to have that balance between being good defensively and the attack. I think, for the most part, our guys did a good job having the balance."

The Irish scored in quick succession in the 24th and 25th minute to take a 2-0 lead. Sean MacLeod got a cross from Felicien Dumas and shot it into the bottom right corner past Trey Muse. Dumas then capitalized on a penalty kick after drawing a foul in the box.

In the 57th minute, John Rea got the ball down to the left corner and crossed it into Thomas Ueland near the top of the box. Ueland then found McCabe in front of the net to finish.

"We know how well IU presses," Dumas said. "They're known to be a really strong pressing team so we knew there were areas of the pitch that we wanted to hit, and we hit those areas and that's how we got most of our goals.

"(We wanted to hit) the deep corners of the field and getting into the wide areas too. They kind of commit their fullbacks at the same time."

The Hoosiers had a few opportunities in the second half but were unable to finish with headers and shots going wide.

"(We lacked) passion," IU midfielder and Fort Wayne native Spencer Glass said. "We didn't have the heart. We lost 50-50s; we just didn't go in as hard as we should and they beat us on the little things. At the end of the day, that makes a huge difference.

"Not what this team's about, not what we had in store. We'll just go back to Bloomington, work on it and be better in the fall."

areichel@jg.net