Gauchos Put Together Valiant Comeback Effort, but Fall to Indiana in Shootout
Dec. 12, 2004
Carson, Calif. (AP) - Jay Nolly saved two penalty kicks and Indiana won its second straight NCAA Men's College Cup title Sunday, beating UC Santa Barbara in a penalty kick shootout.
The teams were tied 1-all after regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, forcing the shootout.
The second-seeded Hoosiers won for the 10th time in 11 games and earned their seventh NCAA title, the first under coach Mike Freitag, who replaced Jerry Yeagley this season.
Yeagley retired after the 2003 Men's College Cup, finishing with a Division I record 544 victories in 31 seasons.
Each team converted two penalty kicks before Indiana's Mike Ambersley slipped a shot under the crossbar to put the Hoosiers ahead.
Nate Boyden tried to fake Nolly out of position on Santa Barbara's final kick, but Nolly dived to his left and deflected the shot away.
Before Boyden's kick, Nolly dived to his right, blocking a shot by Tony Lochhead.
The Gauchos had the best scoring chance in overtime, but Andy Iro headed Lochhead's corner kick over the crossbar from 6 yards in the 102nd minute.
McAthy tied the game in the 82nd minute with his third goal of the Men's College Cup and his 18th of the season.
Unmarked, McAthy secured the rebound of Ivan Becerra's blocked shot and scored inside the left post from 8 yards. The goal made McAthy Santa Barbara's career scoring leader with 115 points.
Jacob Peterson gave Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. Jed Zayner sent a long pass to Peterson, who beat Iro and stretched his right leg to volley the ball just outside the 18-yard penalty area.
Gauchos goalkeeper Dan Kennedy charged forward and deflected the ball with his right hand into an open net.
Nolly was named the most valuable defensive player, and McAthy was the most valuable offensive player.