Jay Nolly saved two penalty kicks and Indiana won its second straight NCAA Men's College Cup title yesterday, beating UC-Santa Barbara 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout. The teams were tied...
CARSON, Calif. Jay Nolly saved two penalty kicks and Indiana won its second straight NCAA Men’s College Cup title yesterday, beating UC-Santa Barbara 3-2 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 matches and earned their seventh NCAA championship, the first under coach Mike Freitag. Freitag replaced Jerry Yeagley on Jan. 1.
“It feels kind of weird,” Freitag said. “As the assistant coach, I’d be running around like crazy. But I’m not overly excited right now. It was meant to be, I think.”
Yeagley retired shortly after the 2003 Men’s College Cup, finishing with a Division I-record 544 victories in 31 seasons.
“To fill Coach Yeagley’s shoes is a big task,” Indiana midfielder Danny O’Rourke said. “To come out his first year with the national championship shows just the type of coach he is. It’s the first of many, and I’m just proud to be part of the first one.”
Each team converted two penalty kicks before Indiana’s Mike Ambersley slipped a shot under the crossbar to put the Hoosiers (19-4-1) ahead.
Nate Boyden tried to fake Nolly out of position on the Gauchos’ final penalty 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.
“I never look at the moves,” Nolly said. “My focus is on the ball.”
John Michael Hayden and Greg Badger also converted for Indiana against reserve goalkeeper Kyle Reynish, who replaced starter Dan Kennedy for the penalty kicks.
“Penalty kicks are all about length, and Kyle is 6 foot 4 and has long arms,” UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said. “Danny has to guess a little more.”
Drew McAthy and Ivan Becerra made penalty kicks for the ninth-seeded Gauchos (21-3-1).
McAthy tied the score in the 82nd minute. Jacob Peterson gave Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute.
Nolly was named the most valuable defensive player; McAthy was the most valuable offensive player.
Defender Pat Scott, a former standout at The Northwest School in Seattle, played all 110 minutes for UCSB.
Chelsea tied Arsenal 2-2 in a riveting meeting between two English Premier League powers.
Eidur Gudjohnsen scored 31 seconds into the second half for league-leading Chelsea, helping offset two first-half goals by Arsenal’s Thierry Henry. Chelsea has 40 points, Everton has 36 and defending champion Arsenal has 35.
Asked if the best two teams in England had just met, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “At the moment, yes. But this is December. There is a long way to go. Everton and Man United aren’t far behind.”
A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with two minutes left to play between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad in Spain.
After talking to an official on the sideline, referee Lizondo Cortes halted the match in the 88th minute with the score standing at 1-1 and pointed the teams toward the tunnel, as the stadium’s loudspeakers appealed for an orderly evacuation by fans. Two hours later, no bomb had been found, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior told The Associated Press.
Ronaldo scored in the 42nd minute for Real Madrid, and Nihat Kahveci netted the equalizer in the 73rd minute.
European champion FC Porto of Portugal won the Toyota Cup in Yokohama, Japan, defeating Colombia’s Once Caldas 8-7 in a penalty-kicks shootout in a match between the top club teams from Europe and South America.
Pedro Emanuel had the winning goal for FC Porto, ending a match that was scoreless after regulation and 30 minutes of overtime.