Indiana 2, Louisville 0, Final

Well, the Hoosiers never had much trouble with this one. Coach Mike Freitag wasn’t happen with their concentration late in the game, but he probably never will be.

A few positive signs to note:
— Kevin Noschang, who began the year as a starting foward but has struggled, found room late in the game and had several chances. On one breakaway he was robbed by the Cardinal’s keeper.
— Senior back Julian Dieterle, who had started every game of his career until recently, played again and played well. He entered the game in the second half and nothing ever developed on his side of the field.
— Freshmen Eric Alexander, Kevin Alston and Ofori Sarkodie are developing rapidly. It’s not a stretch to say this: those guys will be the heart of a team that hangs another banner behind the scoreboard at Armstrong Stadium.

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 End of the first half: Indiana has had little trouble handling the Cardinals so far. Coach Freitag has got to be pleased with the play of his young players, especially Alston and Alexander.
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15:30 left, first half: Freshman Eric Alexander just notched the first goal of his Indiana career off the first assist of fellow freshman Kevin Alston’s career.

Alston burst down the right side and instead of forcing a bad angle shot held the ball and waited for the offense to catch up. He dribbled along the baseline before feeding Alexander in the middle. He slid and put the ball into the lower left corner.

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41:47 remaining, first half: Josh Tudela just scored his first goal of the season on a free kick from about 22 yards out. As usual, he lined up with John Michael Hayden behind the ball. But this time Tudela actually took the kick — he rarely does — and curled it into the right, far side of the net. Tudela, a senior captain, had yet to record a point this year.

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It’s about game time here at Armstrong Stadium on a perfect day for soccer.

The big news so far is that Indiana’s leading scorer, Darren Yeagle, will miss the game. He’s out at least two weeks — and up to six — with mono.