Saturday night the IUPUI men’s soccer team battled hard with conference opponent IPFW. In what looked like total domination for the Jags leading the first half 3-0, the game turned into a full on battle as IPFW matched the three goals sending the game into double overtime.
With six minutes left in the second overtime, Freshman Sam Fuller headed the winning goal, ending the game and winning the last match at Kuntz Stadium for the year.
“I’m just so excited,” said Fuller, who could not stop smiling.
Fuller won the first game for the team at the beginning of the season and finished doing the same.
During the first half, IPFW’s goalkeeper could not help but let IUPUI put three goals in the net. Galan Cassaday, Matt Guy and Perez Agaba, all seniors, scored the three quick points, an impressive feat as the seniors were honored for Senior Night after the game.
“It feels great tonight,” said senior goalkeeper Tyler Keever. “Especially to be up by three and let them come back, I am so happy we won.”
Keever, who had the Mastodons shutout in the first half, gave up three goals due to bad clearances. Additionally, he had three saves for the night.
“Every goal was scored on the [South] end of the field,” said head coach Isang Jacob. “The field is in horrible condition.”
The main field of IUPUI, Carrol Stadium, is under construction for this very reason. The Jaguars will play their last home game at Carmel High School in a change of venue.
With the game getting intense, players, fans and Coach Jacob all were loud to help the Jaguars recover from allowing their 3-0 lead to become a tied game.
“Hey White, let’s clean this up, we’re playing at home!” Coach Jacob shouted to his team during the game.
When asked how the team pulled off the win, Coach Jacob simply said, “heart.”
During the game, five yellow card warnings were pulled on players. IUPUI picked up two leaving the rest for IPFW. Playing with intensity, both teams were physical as a game like this does not often happen.
Fuller was picked up by his teammates after completing the win for the Jags. “I didn’t have time to celebrate before I got tackled,” said Fuller.
IUPUI is currently standing 2nd in the Summit League, trailing behind Western Illinois. Only the top four teams in the Summit League will advance to the tournament.
The Jaguars will have two more conference games before entering the Summit League Tournament in Kansas City. Saturday, Oct. 29 the Jags will take on Oral Roberts at Carmel High School at 2:00 p.m. They will then complete their regular season in Michigan facing Oakland Nov. 5.
Come out to Carmel High School on Saturday afternoon to help support the Jags on their quest to the NCAA tournament.
IPFW 0 3 (0 0) - 3
IUPUI 3 0 (0 1) - 4
IPFW -- Stanley, Myles (59', 65') from [unassisted] and Helmrich, Colin; Williams, Scott (76') from Ackerman, Kyle
IUPUI -- Cassady, Galen (9') from Hyland, Kyle; IPFW Own Goal (11'); Agaba, Perez (31') from Fuller, Sam; Fuller, Sam (105') from Cassady, Galen
IPFW -- Yellow: Stronczek, Alex (55'); Welter, Grant (66'); Gerondale, Jacob (91')
IUPUI -- Yellow: Thatcher, Tyler (23'); Cassady, Galen (101')
Top four teams advance to Summit League Tournament in Kansas City
Western Illinois - 9pts from 4 matches
IUPUI - 7pts from 5 matches
UMKC - 7pts from 5 matches
IPFW - 6pts from 4 matches
Eastern Illinois - 4pts from 5 matches
Oral Roberts - 4pts from 5 matches
Oakland - 3pts from 4 matches