Indiana soccer wins Big Ten title

Todd Yeagley

The Hoosiers won the conference tournament championship on Sunday to advance to the NCAA Tournament again.

This story is courtesy of the Indiana athletic department. Our Will Padgett was on scene and will file more later this evening.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jamie Vollmer's first career goal coming in the 66th minute, and another standout performance in goal from freshman goalkeeper Colin Webb gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 win over the Michigan State Spartans (12-5-3) to win the 2013 Big Ten Tournament title in Columbus, Ohio.

Indiana (8-11-2) earns the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 48-team tournament field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 18 at noon ET on NCAA.com.

"I am really proud of the team on how they performed throughout the entire Big Ten Tournament knowing what we needed to accomplish," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "With the stakes so high they performed at their best when the stage was the greatest. We are happy to have an opportunity to bring the Big Ten Championship home to Bloomington."

This marks Indiana's 12th Big Ten Tournament title and the first since 2006. That title was also won in Columbus, Ohio.

Indiana had the first shot of the day in the eighth minute when Nikita Kotlov's attempt was saved by MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett. After a save from Colin Webb on Jay Chapman's shot, IU came back down the field where Andrew Oliver broke free, only to have his curling kick picked up by Bennett.

Webb again came up big for IU as Kyle Rutz had a clean shot from the top of the 18, and Webb came out and went down to his right for the save in the 16th minute. Tommy Thompson earned a corner kick for IU, and Patrick Doody's ball in found the head of Kotlov, who sent his offering just wide left.

A cross in from Harrison Petts nearly found the head of Femi Hollinger-Janzen, but Bennett came off his line in time to punch the ball out of danger.

Webb was tested early when Dewey Lewis had another 1v1 opportunity that the freshman corralled in for his fourth save of the game. With nine minutes left in the half, Doody sent in a corner kick that was bending toward goal, but Bennett punched it out of danger.

The post was also Indiana's friend late in the half as Blake Skameira clanged one off the right post in the 42nd minute, keeping the game scoreless.

Michigan State had 10 shots at the break to five for IU, with six saves for Webb and three saves for Bennett. Kotlov had three of Indiana's five shots.

Thompson broke free down the left side early in the second half, but hit shot from left to right across the goal sailed high. In the 56th minute Harrison Petts took a shot from distance that Bennett got a glove on for an IU corner kick. Corrado's service made its way back out to Doody, whose shot in was high.

Vollmer also had a look at the net, with his shot blocked to give IU its sixth corner kick of the match. Thompson's shot in the 63rd minute was saved, and Doody hit a hard line drive that was blocked. In the first 20 minutes of the second half IU out-shot the Spartans 7-1.

Bennett made a leaping save on a Thompson shot in the 65th minute, the Hoosiers' ninth shot of the half.

It was only a matter of time before IU broke through and the 1-0 lead came off the foot of Vollmer in the 66th minute. Vollmer corralled a goal kick from Bennett and took it the distance down the field for a shot from 15 yards out. It marked Vollmer's first career goal at Indiana.

Indiana kept the Spartans at bay for the final 27 minutes, allowing just four Michigan State shots in the second half, none of which were on goal. The Hoosiers took 13 second-half shots, five of which were on frame.

Webb was named the tournament's defensive MVP after going 2-0-1 with a pair of shutouts. Vollmer nabbed offensive MVP honors for his game-winning effort Sunday. Jacob Bushue and Thompson were named to the All-Tournament Team.

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