Indiana has a chance to make history, but the only way the Hoosiers can do so is if they lift the NCAA College Cup championship trophy Sunday afternoon.
The Hoosiers currently sit at 17-0-6, the only remaining undefeated team in collegiate soccer. Two more wins, and Indiana would become the 15th team to go undefeated in the College Cup era of men's soccer, and the first team since Santa Clara went undefeated in 1989. In just two games, Indiana could end a 28-year-old drought.
There's no reason to think the Hoosiers can't do it either; the team has outperformed nearly every team in the country at this point. The Hoosier offense is ranked 12th in the nation, averaging 2.07 goals per game. The Hoosiers score their goals by committee, with six players notching double-digit points. The team is led by Mason Toye, who has 22 points (10 goals, two assists) in 23 games. The team also has nine players with three or more goals on the season, a testament to the team being able to get goals from any player on the pitch.
And while the Indiana offense is one of the best in the nation, their defense is the best. Ranked No. 1 in the nation, Indiana has only allowed six goals through 23 games this season. The team averages 0.24 goals per game, which is 0.2 goals per game better than the second-ranked team. Goalkeeper Trey Muse has been in net for every minute of Indiana's season, giving him the best goals-against average in the nation as well. Muse and Indiana also has the best save percentage in the country (.909).
Because of their stellar play throughout the season, Indiana has been able to dispense of every opponent this season. During the course of the season, Indiana has faced 10 ranked opponents and has yet to record a single loss. Just some of the teams Indiana played included No. 2 Maryland, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 7 Michigan State (twice), and No. 17 Ohio State. Against those teams, Indiana went 2-0-3 while outscoring opponents 4-2.
Indiana has consistently been one of the best teams in college soccer, if not the best. And now the Hoosiers are just two wins away from their ninth College Cup championship and an undefeated season, the first since 1989.
Kick-off for Indiana's match against North Carolina is at 8:45 p.m. ET Friday evening. Tickets are still available.