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11th Ranked IU Soccer Falls to Notre Dame 1-0

The Indiana Hoosiers men's soccer team fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Bloomington.

Indiana's midfielder Nikita Kotlov dribbles in the midfield.

Photo: Alyssa Extin/WFIU-WTIU News

Indiana's Nikita Kotlov goes against a Notre Dame defender in Wednesday's game.

Two ranked Indiana teams clashed as IU, ranked 11, lost to Notre Dame, ranked 8, Wednesday at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington. The highly contested battle was dictated by great defense from both teams, but Notre Dame’s Grant Van Casteele scored the winning goal.

Notre Dame took control of the game early with two shots on goal by Max Lachoweki, but enior goalkeeper Louis Soffner kept the game 0-0 for Indiana with a couple saves for the Hoosiers. Soffner has had 5 shutouts and a .889 save percentage for the season.

The first half was an up and down battle for both teams. The Fighting Irish led the shot total 5-1 but great defense for the Hoosiers kept them off of the scoreboard.  Both teams were aggressive with multiple fouls and a yellow card given to Notre Dame’s Danny O’Leary.

The second half started out with several chances for the Hoosiers, but with about 20 minutes left in the game, the Fighting Irish’s Grant Van De Casteele puts one past Soffner. Notre Dame then took control of the game with a 1-0 lead over Indiana.

The Hoosiers fought with several shots in the last few minutes, playing in desperation mode, but the last minute offensive efforts were not enough. The Hoosiers fall to 6-1-2 and Notre Dame advances to 8-1.

Both teams played in the Adidas/Indiana Credit Union Invitational earlier this season, and Notre Dame came out on top in that tournament as well with two wins to IUs one win and tie game.

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