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Indiana wins men's soccer title

Harrison Petts (7) and the Hoosiers celebrate a 1-0 win.

Associated Press

Harrison Petts (7) and the Hoosiers celebrate a 1-0 win.

HOOVER, Ala. — Nikita Kotlov scored off a header pass from Eriq Zavaleta midway through the second half to give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Georgetown on Sunday to win the NCAA men's soccer championship.

It is the eighth championship for the Hoosiers (16-5-3), their first since 2004.

A crossing pass brought goalie Tomas Gomez out, and Zavaleta sent a header to Kotlov that he easily put into the open net.

In the first half, the Hoyas (19-4-3) had Tyler Rudy's straight-on shot stopped by diving Luis Soffner's fingertip save. With a minute left in regulation, a header by Georgetown's Ian Christianson hit the post.

"Sometimes you just need a little bit of luck," Soffner said. "We'll definitely take it."

The Hoyas were playing less than 48 hours after needing two overtimes and a shootout to defeat Maryland in the semifinals.

"Our guys fought like crazy, but we didn't have the legs that we normally have,'' Hoyas coach Brian Wiese said.


AUBURN: Clemson co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison was hired for the same position.

Notre dame: The team received an oral commitment Saturday from highly regarded Delray Beach American Heritage running back Greg Bryant, an FSU target. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Bryant, once an Oklahoma commitment, also had offers from South Carolina and Auburn. Also, Irish linebacker Manti Te'o won the Lott Impact Trophy as the defensive player having the biggest impact on his team. He beat out Arthur Brown of Kansas State, Jarvis Jones of Georgia and Chase Thomas of Stanford.

Indiana wins men's soccer title 12/09/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 11:48pm]
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