Indiana beats Creighton 1-0 in NCAA semifinal

Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored midway through the first half and

Indiana held off Creighton 1-0 on Friday night to advance to the

NCAA soccer final.

The seven-time champion Hoosiers (15-5-3) will play Georgetown

in the title game Sunday. The Hoyas beat Maryland 4-3 on penalty

kicks following a 4-4 tie.

The Hoosiers have allowed only two goals in four NCAA tournament

games.

”There’s no doubt that strong team defense is the formula for

having successful tournament runs and winning championships,”

Indiana coach Todd Yeagley said. ”In the final 10 minutes, when

Creighton was sending a lot of players forward, that’s when you saw

the resiliency in this team. And then that save by Luis was

fantastic.”

Hollinger-Janzen gathered a deflected crossing pass on the right

wing and booted an 8-yard shot that bounced in off goalkeeper Jeff

Gal for his fourth goal of the season. That was one of only three

shots on goal for Indiana in the game.

”They had their one chance, and that’s all they needed,” Gal

said. ”In the end that’s what it took for us to lose this

game.”

Hollinger-Janzen had another goal disallowed when it was ruled

that the shot occurred just after the end of the first half.

Indiana’s pressure defense frustrated Creighton (17-4-3)

throughout the game. The Bluejays finished with only two shots on

goal – both in the final 3 minutes.

”It was hard for us to move because they pressured so much,”

Creighton midfielder Jose Gomez said. ”It was hard to find a

rhythm.”

The Bluejays’ best scoring chance was taken by Brendan

Hines-Ike, who blasted a shot from 25 yards out that goalkeeper

Luis Soffner deflected with a leaping hand save.

”Luckily that was really the only thing I had to do all

night,” said Soffner, who has given up 18 goals in 23 games this

season.

It was the first loss for Creighton in 15 games. The Bluejays

had gone 12-0-2 after opening 5-3-1.

Indiana won its last title in 2004,