March 14, 2017 1:01 AM
Hoosiers, Irish to meet April 8
The Indiana and Notre Dame’s men’s soccer teams will bring their fierce rivalry once again to Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. April 8 as part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium.
The schools have become regulars on each others’ schedules, including spring exhibition games for the past seven years at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival Spring Classic.
Last spring, the Indiana and Notre Dame teams faced off in front of 1,100 fans who saw the Hoosiers win 1-0 in the 88th minute when a long shot by Trevor Swartz was stopped by Irish goalie Chris Hubbard and Austin Panchot scored on the rebound.
Indiana won 2015’s matchup 2-1 in double overtime.
“It got started because local people said that’s a natural rivalry,” festival president Terry Stefankiewicz said last year. “ ‘I don’t want to go to Bloomington, don’t want to go to South Bend, can you see if you can get them here?’ I talked to (Notre Dame coach) Bobby Clark, I talked to (Indiana coach) Todd Yeagley and they said, ‘You have us every spring, we will definitely be here.’ ”
Discount tickets can be bought in advance starting in mid-March for only $5 for children and $7 for adults at Connolly’s Do it Best Hardware stores and Soccer Plus. Tickets will be $7 for children and $10 for adults at the gate on the day of the event. Go to www.nationalsoccerfestival.com for more information.