Indiana vs. Georgetown Men's Soccer Final Breakdown
The Hoosiers won the chance to take on Georgetown after toppling Creighton in a 1-0 victory in the semifinals Friday night. Indiana’s attacking offense is led by Eriq Zavaleta totaling 18 goals going into the championship followed by Nikita Kotlov with eight. A few other players have contributed to the offense with one, two and three goals including Fe Hollinger-Janzen’s game winning goal Friday against Creighton. But it will likely come down to Zavaleta or Kotlov to make something happen against the Hoyas. Indiana’s defense toughened up for the tournament allowing just two goals in the last four matches with the help of Luis Soffner in the net. But again, will Soffner and the defenders be able to hold off against the hard working Hoyas?
Georgetown is one of the hardest working teams in the NCAA and has moved past the top scoring team, Maryland, for the chance to win the College Cup. Georgetown beat out the Terps after moving through two overtimes tied at four and making four of five penalty kick attempts. The Hoya’s have fought their way here through the Big East powerhouses that dominated the ranks all season, taking them into the Big East tournament, through the NCAA tournament rounds and landing in the championship final. But the work hasn’t ended. Georgetown’s offense isn’t limited to just a few players, but the stats say otherwise. With just seven players contributing a goal with a season total of 43 scored, 34 were scored by just three players, Brandon Allen, Steve Neuman, who recorded a hat trick Friday night against Maryland, and Andy Riemer. The Hoya’s defense, with keepers Tomas Gomez and Keon Parsa, has done a tremendous job saving over 90 balls from hitting the back of the net, but also has let 24 goals slip past. Georgetown knows this will be the biggest fight they have faced all season, but will their fight be stronger?