The Penn State men’s soccer team saw an old nemesis end its bid for a Big Ten tournament title Friday afternoon.
After playing through scoreless regulation and two overtime periods, Indiana beat the Nittany Lions 5-3 in a shootout in the conference semifinals at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Top-seeded Penn State will wait to find out if, when and where it will be playing in the NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be announced at noon Monday.
Indiana, which won a shootout for the first time since the 2004 NCAA final, will face Michigan State in Sunday’s final. The game is a must-win for the Hoosiers (7-11-2), who have competed in the last 26 straight NCAA Tournaments but must earn the conference’s automatic bid to extend the streak to 27.
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Indiana outshot Penn State 22-10, but got only one shot on Nittany Lion keeper Andrew Wolverton, who made the save.
Once the matched reached the shootout, all five Hoosiers who attempted their shots were successful — Nikita Kotlov, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Dylan Lax, Jacob Bushue and Kyle Sparks. Shooting second, the Nittany Lions’ Martin Seiler missed on the team’s first attempt, and it proved to be the difference. Owen Griffith, Jordan Tyler and Shane Campbell all made their tries.
The Nittany Lions, who beat the Hoosiers in Bloomington earlier in the season, fell to 3-9-4 all-time against Indiana in the conference tournament, and the Hoosiers have taken three of four shootouts among their meetings.