Indiana, Georgetown advance to men's soccer final

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HOOVER, Ala. — Georgetown and Indiana won their semifinal matches on Friday and will meet Sunday for the NCAA Division I men’s soccer title.

Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez blocked Helge Leikvang’s shot in the final round of a shootout, lifting the Hoyas over Maryland 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 4-4 tie.

In the second semifinal, Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored midway through the first half and seven-time champion Indiana held off Creighton 1-0.

Georgetown (20-3-2) beat Maryland (20-2-2) for the first time in 29 tries.

Maryland scored twice in a 3 1/2-minute span late in the second half to tie it at 4.

The Terrapins held a 3-2 lead through the first three rounds of penalty kicks, but the Hoyas rallied for a 4-3 lead and won when Gomez stopped Leikvang.

Steve Neumann scored three goals for the Hoyas, included two in a 1:31 span that gave Georgetown a 2-1 halftime lead. Neumann made it 4-2 with 30 minutes left in regulation, but Maryland tied it on goals by Patrick Mullins and Christiano Francois.

In the second match, Hollinger-Janzen gathered a pass on the right wing and booted an 8-yard shot that bounced in off goalie Jeff Gal for his fourth goal of the season for Indiana (15-5-3).

Creighton (17-4-3) had only two good scoring chances in the final 20 minutes, and goalkeeper Luis Soffner blocked both attempts.

The Bluejays lost for the first time in 15 matches. Creighton was 12-0-2 after opening 5-3-1.

The Hoosiers have given up only two goals in their four NCAA tournament games.

Indiana won its last title in 2004.


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