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Hoosiers complete regular season

The men's soccer team completed its road season with a win and a tie against two highly regarded programs this weekend, beating No. 10 Rutgers 1-0 Friday and tying Princeton (6-2-5) 1-1 Sunday.\nThe No. 7 Hoosiers (11-3-1) used a familiar formula, combining strong defense with the goal scoring of junior All-American Pat Noonan, who recorded two goals on the road trip. \nIU 1 Rutgers 0\nThe Hoosiers defense proved too much for a usually potent Rutgers offense, as IU recorded its 10th shutout in 11 wins.\nCoach Jerry Yeagley was pleased with his team's effort.\n"This was our best performance overall this season," Yeagley said. "We probably should have scored more goals; we had some unlucky shots off the post. The midfield possessed the ball well and (senior goalkeeper Colin Rogers) had a steady, solid performance."\nThe first half ended scoreless despite several near misses for both teams. Rutgers was able to get off 11 shots in the opening half, but Rogers handled them without difficulty. Noonan made a bid to break things open when he banged a shot off the inside post, but the ball rolled on the goal line, never breaking the plane.\nIU picked up its play in the second half, outshooting Rutgers 9-3. About halfway through the period, Noonan took a free kick from outside 20 yards that managed to bend inside the goal.\n"This was a great win for us," Noonan said. "We couldn't have done it without the defense. They played an unbelievable game. We won every head ball and took advantage of our restart opportunities. We really matched their intensity and came out strong."\nThe Hoosiers were without the services of freshman starting midfielder Danny O'Rourke, who had to sit out a game because of accumulating five yellow cards during the season. "We had good play from our bench tonight as well. (Junior) Marcus (Chorvat) stepped in for Danny O'Rourke in the defensive midfield position and (senior) Bobby (de St. Aubin) looked nice out wide," Yeagley said.\nIU 1 Princeton 1\nAfter 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, IU and Princeton ended deadlocked 1-1. IU failed to get the win despite another all-around effort from the defense and a goal from Noonan. \nThe match gave IU its first tie of the season, and Princeton's school record fifth.\n"Well, we didn't win so we are not satisfied," Yeagley said. "They are a good team and play a very physical game with the ball in the air a lot. It was not a game where it was easy to set up plays. There were times when I thought they were the better team. Their goalie also managed to come up with some very big saves."\nPrinceton came out playing a smothering defense, allowing very few opportunities for the Hoosiers. But, just under 30 minutes into the game, senior midfielder Tyler Hawley found a tightly guarded Noonan in front of the Princeton goal. Noonan shook off his defender and sent a shot into the back of the net.\n"I think (freshman Mike) Ambersley forced possession of the ball and managed to get it down to Tyler," Noonan said. "Tyler flicked it through to me and I was able to get off a good shot."\nThe lead was short-lived, as Princeton answered 10 minutes later. The Tigers' leading scorer, senior Mike Nugent tallied his third goal of the weekend, to knot the score.\n"The ball took an unlucky bounce," Rogers said. "It bounced right to their wide open forward who had a nice finish in the corner."\nThe remainder of the game was filled with close calls on both sides, but all were extinguished by the dominating performances of Rogers, and Princeton senior goalkeeper Jason White. Rogers tallied seven saves for the game, and White ended up with five.\n"It was a really physical game and I think we did a good job for the most part," Noonan said. "They played well and took advantage of opportunities. The goalie had a good performance"

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