Indiana beats Saint Louis in 2022 NCAA tournament

BLOOMINGTON — A handful of years ago, IU coach Todd Yeagley got a call from Robert Meschbach, who played for IU decades ago and went on to play professionally and coach.

“I got one you gotta look at,” Yeagley recalls Meschbach saying.

Meschbach was talking about Ryan Wittenbrink. Yeagley took the tip and went to one of Wittenbrink’s tournaments, where he saw the potential.

There was something, too, Meschbach said, that sticks with Yeagely all these years later.

“He strikes the ball different than most American kids,” Meschbach said back then about Wittenbrink.

Years later, this still proves to be true. Wittenbrink, now in his fifth season with the IU program, was the hero Sunday. He rocketed a goal, the lone of the game, to help IU get past Saint Louis 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament. It was a gritty victory on a chilly day. The Hoosiers are headed to the Sweet 16 with a shot at redemption against Marshall, who beat the Hoosiers in national title game two seasons ago. This time, it’ll be in Bloomington, rather than a neutral site.

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