By Roland Hoffman
The difference between the Indiana and North Carolina men's soccer teams was simply a matter of experience.
For the Tar Heels, the quarterfinal game marked the farthest they had advanced in the NCAA tournament since Anson Dorrance took them to the semifinals in 1987.
On the other hand, Indiana's
1-0 victory against the top-seeded Tar Heels on Saturday at Fetzer Field marked the Hoosiers' 13th straight NCAA tournament victory and their third straight on the road.
And although the Hooisers have lost six matches this season, they also happen to be the two-time defending national champions.
"We know that a lot of guys on North Carolina haven't been a part of this atmosphere, so we felt very confident coming in to our game," Indiana midfielder Justin Tauber said. "The tournament is a lot different from the regular season, and it's a lot different from the ACC tournament."
This difference became quite apparent Saturday. The Tar Heels tore through the regular season and ACC tournament with a record of 19-2, but they struggled two weeks ago against William & Mary.