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Hoosiers push past Michigan to round of 8

Senior midfielder Brad Ring (center) celebrates with teammates following his first goal of the season in the 77th minute of the Hoosiers 3-0 NCAA Tournament win Saturday against Michigan at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
Senior midfielder Brad Ring (center) celebrates with teammates following his first goal of the season in the 77th minute of the Hoosiers 3-0 NCAA Tournament win Saturday against Michigan at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The IU men's soccer team advanced to the round of eight after knocking off in-conference foe Michigan on Saturday night.

IU will now take on St. John's in the NCAA Quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Much of the Hoosiers' success was due to midfielder Andy Adlard who contributed to his team's effort with a goal and an assist.

The sophomore scored the first goal of the night when a redirection inside the Michigan box fell to his feet. Adlard took the ball and launched a rocket of a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

The 1-0 lead stood through halftime.

In the 72nd minute, IU keeper Chay Cain had to rely on quick reflexes and his sprawled-out body to swat away a point-blank strike by a Michigan attacker.

A minute later, the Wolverine attack was followed with another strong strike which was only stopped by the IU crossbar.

But with the Wolverine's pouncing, IU countered.

After a Michigan corner in the 77th minute,  Adlard played in a cross deep into the opposing team's box to Brad Ring, who met the ball and struck it to the top right corner of the UM net.

Down 2-0, the Wolverines brought more attackers upfield, closer to the IU third.

But Michigan's aggressiveness lead its further disappointment as it allowed IU to launch a counter attack off of a corner kick.

The UM corner landed at the feet of Hoosier Brian Ackley who stabbed a through pass past the thin Michigan defense and to a sprinting John Mellencamp. Mellencamp took the ball and easily beat the Wolverine goalkeeper one on one.

The 3-0 decision ends Michigan's efforts at an NCAA crown, while sending the Hoosiers on to face St. John's in the Tournament's round of eight.

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