Head coach Steve Franklin's squad barely made the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament, held in Macomb, Ill., last week. The No. 4 seeded Jaguars then upset the top two seeds in the Mid-Con Tourney, including a 2-1, triple-overtime win over Oakland in the championship match that gave IUPUI its first Mid-Con title in any sport last week.
IUPUI posted just an 8-8-2 record during the regular season, but has won each of its last three matches to improve to 11-8-2. Marist fell to 11-9 with the season-ending loss. The Red Foxes were the champions of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after upsetting the #1 seed Loyola College and the #3 seed Fairfield University, two former top 25 teams in the nation.
The two teams battled through 120 minutes of scoreless soccer before Hermann's goal. The Red Foxes fought hard and outplayed their opponents throughout most of the game. Junior Brian Garofola (Bellport, NY) led Marist in shots on goal as IUPUI and Marist combined to take 42 shots through the first two overtimes. Marist held a slight 22-21 advantage in shots taken during the match, but Hermann's last attempt was the only one that found the net. Junior Steve Murk (Clark, NJ) recorded four shots for Marist while Joe Crespo (Bolton, CT) and Wes Aniello (Farmington, CT) each tallied three shots on goal. Sean Murphy (Hopewell Junction, NY), Josh Van (Simsbury, CT) and Adam Koster (Scotch Plains, NJ) each attempted a shot for the Red Foxes.
Just after the third overtime started, Hermann broke loose from the Marist defense earning his 16th goal of the season. With a solid defensive core assisting him, junior goalkeeper Carlos DeBrito (Union, N.J.) made several spectacular saves registering eight in total, while IUPUI junior goalie Armando Femia made seven stops in the win.
"We did everything right except put the ball in the back of the net," said head coach Bobby Herodes. Marist was unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities but did not disappoint the Marist fans that travelled to Indianapolis for the game, including Marist alum, former NBA star, Rik Smits.
IUPUI 1, Marist 0 (3OT)
Scoring Summary: IUPUI - Thies Hermann (unassisted), 120:40
Shots: IUPUI 21 (Hermann 6, Higginbotham 4, Dunlap 2, Hines 2, Poehler 2, Stuart 2, Yoder 2, Erickson), Marist 22 (Garofola 7, Murk 4, Aniello 3, Crespo 3, Koster, Murphy, Van)
Saves: IUPUI 8 (Femia 7, Team 1), Marist 9 (DeBrito 8, Team 1)
Fouls: IUPUI 19, Marist 20
Corner Kicks: IUPUI 6, Marist 4
Cautions: IUPUI - Patrick King (yellow), 27:14; IUPUI - Tommy Dunlap (yellow), 37:11; Marist - Chris Mullowney (yellow), 43:42; Marist - Sean Murphy (yellow), 86:02
Offsides: IUPUI 2, Marist 1