Indiana Stops Akron

Updated 11/24/1998
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (November 24, 1998) -- Indiana University, the number eight seed in the tournament, knocked Mid-American Conference champion Akron out of the 1998 NCAA men's soccer tournament in the first round with a 3-2 overtime victory.

The 1998 Big 10 champion Hoosiers spent time ranked atop the national polls this season and brought a number three ranking in the final regular-season NSCAA poll and number two rankings in several others into the contest.

Akron scored first in the match on a Christer Larsen goal off assists from Tracy Dowe and Allen Eller at the 32:30 mark, but IU tied the match at 62:28. Neither team scored again in regulation time.

In the overtime periods, Indiana took a 2-1 lead with a goal at 98:55 before Michael Apple answered two minutes later, with Eller and David Antal assisting on the goal. Indiana scored the decisive goal at the 118:52 mark for the 3-2 win.

The loss broke Akron's 13-match unbeaten streak, during which the Zips had won 11 consecutive games. Their last loss prior to Sunday was to Florida International in Annapolis, Maryland on September 25.

Indiana improves its record to 19-2 with the win and will play Butler, a 1-0 winner over Cincinnati, in the second round. Akron finishes the season with a 17-3-1 record.

Post-Season Results

1998 NCAA Tournament
First Round - November 22 at Bloomington, Indiana
at Indiana 3, Akron 2 (2 OT)

1998 Mid-American Conference Championship
Quarterfinals - November 6 at Lexington, Kentucky
Akron 5, Western Michigan 0
Bowling Green 2, Marshall 0
Buffalo 1, Northern Illinois 0 (OT)
Kentucky 1, Eastern Michigan 0

Semifinals - November 8 at Lexington, Kentucky
Akron 3, Buffalo 2 (3 OT)
Bowling Green 2, Kentucky 0 (2 OT)

Final - November 14 at Akron, Ohio
Akron 4, Bowling Green 1