Mexico’s U-20 team splits games against Indiana college powerhouses
The reigning Under-20 champions of the CONCACAF region split a pair of games against Indiana college powerhouses over the weekend, shutting out College Cup holders Indiana 1-0 after falling to Notre Dame 3-2.
Mexico’s U-20 team visited South Bend on Friday and were done in by goals from Harrison Shipp and Vince Cicciarelli less than 13 minutes apart midway through the second half. Shipp’s goal was a wonder strike from 25 yards out off a throw-in and gave Notre Dame a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Patrick Hodan opened the scoring for the Fighting Irish in the 19th minute, but Marco Bueno fired back with the first of his two goals in the 22nd minute to draw level before the two second half goals from the Irish put things out of reach. Bueno’s second was a consolation in the 90th minute.
A sellout crowd of 3,007 was on hand at Alumni Satdium to witness the victory for Notre Dame, their first over a MexicoU-20 side since a 2-1 win in 2010.
The U-20 World Cup-bound Mexican youth squad made the four-hour trek down Route 31 to Bloomington for a Sunday afternoon clash with the Hoosiers two days later. A defensive struggle, the lone breakthrough came for El Tricolor from Alfonso Gonzalez in the 31st minute when he shouldered down a corner kick from Jorge Espericueta and one-timed it just under the crossbar.
Hoosier goalkeeper Michael Soderlund, a redshirt freshman, kept Indiana in the game all afternoon with 11 saves on 22 shots from Mexico but the offense failed to convert any chances – Dylan Mares and Femi Hollinger-Janzen each had looks on goal – as the defending national champions fell 1-0 and saw their series record against Mexico’s U-20s drop to 2-5.
A crowd of 3,300 was on hand for the spring season finale at Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.