UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Reports of the demise of the Indiana men’s soccer team may have been premature.
The Hoosiers, who sputtered out of the gate in Big Ten play, pulled into a tie for first in the conference with a 1-0 win at co-leader Penn State on Sunday.
An own goal in the 75th minute proved to be the difference as IU posted its fourth straight shutout and third consecutive Big Ten road victory.
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A howling wind was the 12th man for both teams in the match with the Nittany Lions having it at their back in the first half.
But Indiana (9-3-1, 4-2 B1G) managed to hold its own in the first 45 minutes, anchored by five big saves from goalkeeper Roman Celentano.
The Hoosier offense was also dangerous against the wind, most notably 19 minutes in when Maouloune Goumballe had his shot saved and Spencer Glass missed the target on the ensuing corner kick.
With the wind at its back in the second half, Indiana began to dominate the run of play with center backs Daniel Munie and Joey Maher limiting the chances for the Nittany Lions (8-5-1, 4-1) by winning almost every ball in the air.
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The steady offensive pressure finally paid off for the Hoosiers when Nyk Sessock broke up the right flank and attempted a cross that was redirected off the head of PSU defender Brandon Hackenberg and into the net for the game-winner.
Indiana has not allowed a goal in its last 390 minutes of play since giving up an overtime goal against Michigan.
The Hoosiers return home for a three-match homestand starting Wednesday against Evansville before hosting Wisconsin next Sunday in a key Big Ten matchup.
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