HOOVER, Ala. — Nikita Kotlov scored the only goal of the match in the 64th minute, and the Indiana men’s soccer team held on to claim its eighth national championship with a 1-0 victory over Georgetown in the College Cup finals Sunday at Regions Park before an announced crowd of 9.242.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these players, in particular the seniors for what they’ve done for this program,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said, “and the players underneath them that have helped us get back to this moment.”
The Hoosiers (16-5-3) missed out on several scoring opportunities despite having the better of play in the first half, while goalkeeper Luis Soffner made a pair of saves to keep the game scoreless.
Georgetown (19-4-3) seemed to finally find its footing 10 minutes in to the second stanza, controlling the ball and putting IU on its heels.
That all changed in a flash. Hoosier left back Patrick Doody surged forward on the flank and hit a high, looping ball to the back post. Hoyas goalkeeper Tomas Gomez drifted back toward the ball, but Eriq Zavaleta beat him to it, heading the ball down for Kotlov, who didn’t miss the open net.
Kotlov nearly added another goal with six minutes left to play, dribbling around Gomez only to have a defender block away his shot.
From there, the Indiana defense finished a perfect weekend, surviving a Georgetown header off the top right corner of the post with a minute remaining.
Soffner was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in helping the Hoosiers win their first NCAA title since 2004. Also named to the all-tournament team were Kotlov, Zavaleta, Caleb Konstanski and Femi Hollinger-Janzen.