HOOVER, Ala. —
Wiese said the extended playing time might have affected his team against the Hoosiers’ pressure defense.
“Indiana played incredibly up-tempo. They pressed us really well,” Wiese said. “They were sharper to the ball. They were very good from an energy point of view. Our guys fought like crazy, but we didn’t have the legs that we normally have.”
It was the third consecutive 1-0 victory for the Hoosiers. Indiana allowed a total of two goals in its five NCAA tournament games.
“We always said that defense was going to win the championship,” Soffner said. “When we’re not having our best offensive game, our defense comes together and has that fight and that mentality to just not let the ball go in the net.
“We knew we’d eventually get a goal as long as the defense held tough. Georgetown put good pressure on us, but we had great team defense from front to back, and it paid off.”