NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Seattle University men’s soccer played to a scoreless draw with No. 2 Indiana Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame’s Alumni Stadium. Akili Kasim made a save to claim his third shutout of the season at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “They battled the entire game against a very good team. Our team did very well defensively and played a back-and-forth game with one of the top teams in the country.”
The first half featured a prolonged feeling-out process, as each team gained insight into the officiating, with 17 fouls being called. Neither side attempted a shot until midway through the frame and then SU (1-1-2) collected three tries in the opening period.
Hamish Ritchie put a shot on goal in the 68th minute, but IU (3-0-1) was there for the save. Kasim came up with a stop in the 74th minute to preserve the tie. Both sides earned corner kick tries late in regulation, but the defenses were firm and forced OT Sunday.
In the first extra frame, Ritchie and Burke Fahling both tried shots, but the Hoosiers did not break. Nkosi Burgess had a chance in the second OT period and then Hal Uderitz had a strong opportunity to win it, but IU's goalkeeper was on the scene to keep the draw.
Kasim recorded his third shutout of the year, including his second blanking of a ranked team this week. He shut out No. 12 Denver on Monday in another scoreless game.
On the day, SU held an 11-8 advantage in shots and an 8-7 margin on corner kick attempts.
Indiana advanced to the NCAA College Cup last season and the NCAA Championship match in 2017. The Hoosiers last tied an unranked, non-conference foe in 2015, when they tied Butler, 2-2, on the road.
The Redhawks return home for a key two-match homestand, as they welcome Portland (Thursday, Sept. 12) and No. 13 Washington (Sunday, Sept. 15) to Championship Field.