The Indiana men’s soccer team punched its ticket for the College Cup with a 1-0 win over North Carolina Friday night. The 16th-seeded Hoosiers got a goal from Eriq Zavaleta in the 60th minute, a rebound effort off his own header, to edge the ninth-seeded Tar Heels.
It is the first trip to soccer’s final four for IU since 2004, when Mike Freitag’s debut season ended with a national championship. The Hoosiers will take on the winner between Creighton and Connecticut — a game scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon — next Friday in Hoover, Ala.
North Carolina outshot Indiana, 13-6, but the Hoosiers held a 4-3 edge in shots on goal, including Zavaleta’s decisive tally. The IU defense held up over the final 30 minutes, withstanding a late Tar Heel surge and then killing the clock in the right corner of the field as the players on the bench jumped up and down deliriously, and late sub Tim Wylie fell to his knees in the middle of the pitch as if in disbelief.