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Nikita Kotlov scored off a header pass from Eriq Zavaleta midway through the second half to give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Georgetown at Hoover, Ala., Sunday to win the NCAA men's soccer championship.
It is the eighth championship for the Hoosiers (16-5-3), their first since 2004.
Indiana midfielder Patrick Doody lofted a crossing pass to the right of the goal that brought Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez out from the net. Zavaleta got to the ball before either Gomez or Hoyas defender Jimmy Nealis and sent a header to Kotlov, who kicked it into the open net with 27 minutes left.
"The ball kind of drifted in the air for quite a while," Zavaleta said of Kotlov's pass. "The keeper was pretty hesitant and kind of got in no man's land. I saw Nikita running into the box, and I just wanted to get the ball down to let him make a play."
Indiana outshot Georgetown 16-7, including eight shots on goal. But Gomez stopped the Hoosiers with six saves before giving up the game-winner. Georgetown (19-4-3) nearly tied the game with a minute left in regulation, but a header by Ian Christianson hit the post.
The Hoyas, who were making their first championship appearance in program history, had to play the game less than 48 hours after needing two overtimes and a shootout to defeat Maryland in the semifinals.
- Associated Press