Indiana 2, Wisconsin 0
Nov. 10, 2005
Jordan Chirico scored in the 13th minute for the Hoosiers, and Jacob Peterson added an insurance goal with less than 30 seconds remaining to send Indiana into the semifinals with a 2-0 win over Wisconsin in Thursday's second semifinal.
In the13th minute Jordan Chirico received a ball on his foot in the air from Lee Nguyen on the corner of the box. Nguyen played a perfect ball over the top, and Chirico did the rest as he slotted the ball just past Wisconsin goalkeeper Jake Settle for a 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers first chance of the half came in the 8th minute when Josh Tudela played a ball that Nguyen ran onto, but had it cleared away by the defense. Four minutes later, the Hoosiers built up an attack that helped set up their first goal. Jacob Peterson got through the defense, but Settle came up with a save off his line. The counter attack created by the Badgers was stifled, and the Hoosiers ensuing possession led to Chirico's goal.
The Badgers' attacking opportunities came mostly from the counterattack. Indiana's back line held strong. A Hoosier free kick proved to be their most dangerous opportunity early in the half when Josh Tuleda received a short kick and played the ball across the goal to Billy Weaver, but Weaver's header went wide.
Wisconsin picked up its offense in the latter stages of the game. Most of the possession stayed in the Badgers' offensive end, and it was Indiana's turn to depend on counter attack opportunities. Indiana's 73rd minute corner kick was the best chance late in the game for the Hoosiers.
Wisconsin forwards Victor Diaz and Dirk Pearson kept the pressure on Indiana's back line. Midfielder Christopher Ede controlled the midfield for the Badgers to create opportunities for fellow midfielder Erik Ortega.
The game started to get physical in the second half as the teams started racking up the fouls.
Chris Munroe was forced off his line several times in the final 12 minutes of the game. He pulled in a cross in the 77th minute, and under two minutes later a Nick Caronna cross was deflected on goal and Munroe was forced to dive back against his momentum for the save. Again in the 83rd minute he leaped to pull in a cross just over the head of Badger Matthew Jelacic who was running onto the ball.
With less than one minute remaining and Wisconsin trying to find the equalizer, a long ball out of the Indiana backfield reached the foot of Peterson, who beat one defender on his cut across the field, and was able to push the ball past Settle for the 2-0 lead.
Munroe and the Hoosier defense were able to preserve the shutout. With the win, Indiana advances to Friday's semifinal to face the winner of the Ohio State-Northwestern quarterfinal this afternoon.