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
”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
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
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
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
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,