IU men's football coach Todd Yeagley could not take it anymore. In the second extra time against the University of Notre Dame, Yeagley still had two minutes left, and with folded hands he retired from his coaching staff and sat on the bench for the 24th time on Tuesday night.
Yeagley watched as his team did not return the ball to the net.
"Achieving 25 shots against a good Notre Dame team is a positive thing," Yeagley said. "But it's a bit disappointing in the locker room because you feel you've done enough to win the game."
The offensive frustrations for the Hoosiers were not just bad luck either. Whether it was the Tuesday night game in which IU scored just one of its 25-shot attempts, or the previous game against Seattle University, where six shots were not scored in the second half, IU's offensive woes stood in the way of his fourth victory ,
"We expect to win every game," said IU junior defender AJ Palazzolo said. "And if we dominate in such punches, it's difficult to get out of here without a win."
It's no coincidence that the Hoosiers have worked overtime in five games in a row to open their season. Too many missed chances offered opposing teams the opportunity to keep the games within reach, even though the IU dominated a majority of them.
The offensive drama in the late game, however, may be considered negative, possibly hampering the rest of the season by the IU, or it may be seen as a positive building block that only gets better over time.
"For me, it's all about the performance and the improvements we make," said Yeagley for the production this season.
Although IU newcomers Herbert Endeley and Joshua Penn are at the forefront, experience can not be communicated.
Fans and critics knew it was likely to be increasingly difficult at the beginning of the season, but with five games and a Big Ten just around the corner, IU also benefited from the extra minutes of failed shots.
"Every situation they get is real, it's not a training exercise," Yeagley said at some point.
Perhaps Band No. 4 IU with No. 16 Notre Dame can be described as two good teams playing a fundamentally solid match, or it is a forerunner of what is coming, and could well determine the direction of its season.
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Hoosiers meets for the second time in a row with a 1-1 win at the rival Notre Dame.