BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 3-ranked Indiana (9-1-1) defeated No. 14 Penn State (8-1-2) by a score of 1-1 (3-2) in the 2020-21 Big Ten Tournament Championship at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Saturday evening.
• Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra took a pass from fellow freshman forward Maouloune Goumballe and put a shot on net, but it was knocked away by the Penn State keeper.
• Sophomore goalie Roman Celentano made a run of his line early in the second half to pick up a ball that snuck past the IU defense.
• In the 17th minute, Bezerra flicked himself the ball and went for goal from midfield with the PSU keeper off his line but his attempt went over the top of the net.
• Moments later, junior defender Nyk Sessock played a ball across the box to Bezerra, but the PSU goalie got across to deflect the shot out for a corner kick.
• Bezerra opened the scoring for IU in the 40th minute. He and redshirt sophomore forward Ryan Wittenbrink played the one-two game at the edge of the box with Bezerra taking the return pass and slotting it past the Penn State keeper on his near post.
• Wittenbrink went for goal early in the second half. He cut back on his right foot and attempted to bend his shot in the far corner, but the attempt was met by the diving Penn State keeper.
• Bezerra nearly put IU ahead by two goals midway through the second half but his right-footed strike went straight at the Penn State goalie.
• After IU went down to ten men, Penn State found their opener through Liam Butts on a tap-in from close range after the ball bounced around the six-yard box. That goal leveled the score at 1-1 right before the end of regulation.
• There was no winner found in the overtime periods, but Celentano came through in penalty kicks with two saves.
• Bezerra, senior forward Thomas Warr and redshirt junior Joe Schmidt put their respective penalty attempts in the back of the net to secure IU’s 1-1 (3-2) win in penalty kicks.
• This was IU’s 11th regular season, tournament double in program history. The rest of the conference has seven combined doubles.
• Saturday’s victory also marked IU’s third-straight championship double. That’s the second time in program history (1996-99) it has happened. No other program has achieved the feat in consecutive years in the conference’s history.
• IU is 11-0-5 in the last five Big Ten Conference Tournaments. Its last loss came in the Big Ten Championship match against Maryland (2-1) on Nov. 16, 2014.
• This was the second consecutive Big Ten Tournament decided in penalty kicks with the Hoosiers taking both of them.
• Bezerra’s first-half goal means he has now scored or assisted in eight straight games and 10 of 11 on the season.
• Celentano recorded four saves and made two more during the penalty shootout.
GOALS: Victor Bezerra
ASSISTS: Ryan Wittenbrink, Joe Schmidt
Indiana will advance to the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament. The 36-team field will be selected at noon on April 19. The tournament will begin on April 29 and conclude with the national championship match on May 17. The entirety of the tournament will be played in Cary, N.C. and the surrounding areas.
The committees intend to provide some opportunity for family and friends to attend the championships. They will follow the NCAA Medical Advisory Group guidelines, and the maximum allowable capacity will be 25%.