March 27, 2023
Indiana and Syracuse men's soccer teams reach College Cup finals

CARY, NC — Ryan Wittenbrink and Tommy Mihalic scored first-half and #13 Indiana beat Pittsburgh 2-0 on Friday evening to advance to their seventeenth NCAA Faculty Cup championship sport.

Indiana (14-4-6) turned the primary Division I males’s soccer program to attain 100 NCAA event victories in its twenty second semifinal. The Hoosiers will play the #3 Syracuse sport on Monday.

Wittenbrink’s penalty kick within the 14th minute was blocked by Pitt goalie Joe van der Sar, however the Indiana ahead was the primary to take the rebound for the empty web. Mihalic scored his seventh objective of the season with 17 seconds left at halftime, racing for a deflected shot and scoring from a troublesome angle.

Goalkeeper JT Harms made three saves to increase Indiana’s profitable streak to 4 – all within the event.

Pittsburgh (12-5-5) performed of their second Faculty Cup in three years, together with a 1-0 loss to the Hoosiers within the 2020 semifinals.

Earlier on Friday, Syracuse (18-2-4) performed its first nationwide championship sport in males’s soccer after extending its undefeated streak to 13 video games. Levonte Johnson scored Nathan Opoku’s center within the 86th minute.

Syracuse was up 1-0 and 2-1 however was acquainted territory for Creighton, who was down 1-0 in 4 of his 5 event video games.

Marist switch Christian Curti hit a stray ball in entrance of the web to clear the objective within the thirty seventh minute together with his first objective of the season. Creighton goalkeeper Paul Kruse appeared like he was controlling a nook kick, however the ball slipped from his hand and Curti touched the ball residence.

NCAA scoring chief Duncan McGuire tied 1 for Creighton within the fiftieth minute together with his twenty third objective of the season, setting a 42-year faculty document. Lower than two minutes later, nonetheless, Syracuse regained the lead when Opoku scored his tenth objective.

Alfie Pope introduced the rating to 2 together with his fourth objective of the season within the sixty fourth minute. Callum Watson took a throw-in into the penalty space and Luke Mitchell’s header fell at Pope’s ft and he completed with one contact.

Creighton (13-5-6) gained seven video games in a row of their first Faculty Cup semi-final sport since 2012. The Bluejays have been probably the most offensive aspect in Division I, main the nation in targets scored with 65.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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