Indiana University garnered its eighth NCAA College Cup on Sunday with a 1-0 victory against Georgetown at Regions Park in Birmingham, Ala. You only have to look at the Hoosiers’ starting lineup to realize the profound impact the Development Academy’s alumni played.
Indiana’s starting 11 consisted of seven players with Academy ties, including goal scorer and Indiana United product Nikita Kotlov whose 64th-minute tally proved to be the deciding factor. Kotlov’s winner was set up by Eriq Zavaleta (formerly of Real Salt Lake Arizona) and Patrick Doody (Chicago Fire Academy). Former St. Louis Scott Gallagher goalkeeper Luis Soffner saved two shots and the Hoosiers defense kept the Hoyas in check the rest of the way for the clean sheet.
The other three former Academy players on Indiana’s starting squad included Jacob Bushue (Chicago Magic), A.J. Corrado (Indiana United) and Harrison Petts (Indiana United).
Zavaleta led Indiana with 18 goals this year, Corrado was the top setup man with 12 assists and Kotlov had nine goals this season with three of them coming during the Hoosiers’ victory against Xavier on Nov. 18 in Bloomington, Ind., to advance to the Sweet 16.