The Harvard men's soccer team's hopes of an NCAA tournament bid were washed away yesterday by Indiana at Ohiri Field.
The nationally-ranked Hoosiers blanked the Crimson (7-7, 3-3 Ivy), 4-0, what was for seven Harvard seniors their final home game.
And although those seven seniors and the rest of the Crimson squad wished the outcome had been different, they prided themselves on their ability to stick with one of the top teams in the nation."
"We played a good opponent," senior Lenny Ilkhanoff said. "It would have been great to beat a nationally-ranked team. We felt we could have gotten into the tournament."
"When you go down 2-0 against a good team like Indiana, it's tough to come back," Ilkhanoff added. "We had some good chances in the first half. We just didn't get the breaks."
Neither team was able to score in the first 45-minute session--Crimson senior don Daigle had perhaps the best opportunity mid-way through the first half, but his shot went high and wide.
In No Time at All
Indiana, however, wasted no time in the second half, tallying just 50 seconds into the period.
Harvard goalie Jamie Reilly appeared to be hit after making the grab in the box. The ball was knocked loose and hammered home by Hooiser Brian Maisouneuve for the 1-0 lead.
"That first goal really killed us," Harvard Coach Mike Getman said. "In terms of real chances, it was even until that goal. But then we had to start pushing up to get it back and they're such a quick team."
Fifteen minutes later Wayne Lobrings's corner kick ricocheted off the far post for a 2-0 lead.
Indiana struck again 15 minutes later. Matt Coyer faked out his defender and made a pretty dish to Craig Ginsberg, who came streaking down the right side to crank the ball past a defenseless Reilly.
The Hoosiers tallied once more with eight minutes remaining off a free kick. Todd Yeagley's blast had so much side spin on it that it managed to sneak past Reilly into the right side of the net.
The 4-0 loss was blemish on Reilly's strong numbers, but he did not play a bad game. Under the pressure of the Hoosier's barrage (23 shots at goal), Reilly came up with 11 saves.
NOTEBOOK: Senior Jeremy Amen received his fifth yellow card of the season and will thus be forced to sit out the final game of the season and of his final game of the season and of his carrer Sunday against Brown in Providence, R.I.