Northwestern at Indiana soccer

NORTHWESTERN AT INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

A beautiful if brisk evening here at Bill Armstrong Stadium for a soccer match that, if won, would earn Indiana’s host Hoosiers a Big Ten regular season title.  IU (8-5-2, 3-0-1) is coming off a disappointing 4-1 setback to No. 8-ranked Butler and faces a foe capable of throwing a good Halloween scare into the proceedings in Northwestern (8-5-2, 2-1-1). The Hoosiers had a meeting at coach Todd Yeagley’s house in preparation for this one, which marks Senior Day for the program.

Those with access to the Big Ten Network can watch a telecast of the game and, as always, I’ll be supplying periodic updates and observations here, below the fold.

FIRST HALF: Northwestern 1, Indiana 0.

Both sides nearly, but didn’t, score just in advance of the TV timeout at 22:44. A Chris Estridge blast caromed off the crossbar at 27:40, then Northwestern had a flurry that created what looked like a sure goal for Matt Eliason, whose shot went barely wide right at 26:15, before Hoosier leaping keeper Nate Mitchell managed to tip a Lepe Seetane shot over the bar at 25:45.

IU standout Will Bruin has taken a seat with 12:28 left in the first half with an apparent right shoulder problem.  Bruin nearly had put the Hoosiers ahead seconds later with a running right-footer that required a lunging save by NU’s Jonathan Harris.

NORTHWESTERN GOAL: 40:56. The Wildcats broke through with just 4:04 left in the half off a throw-in taken by Eliason. Cody Stanley soared in the box to head it down, blowing away a Hoosier defender in the process but not drawing a whistle. Connor Holloway then hammered it home.

SECOND HALF

NORTHWESTERN GOAL: It only took the Wildcats seven seconds to double their lead. A chip off the second half kickoff from Jack Hillgard went right to the feet of a streaking Oliver Kupe, who beat Mitchell to the lower right side. The Hoosiers 2-0 deficit staring them in the face now, but NU keeper Harris has a setting sun right in his face, too, so IU might want to try capitalizing before sunset.

Bruin is back on the pitch for the Hoosiers. They’re going to need him.

INDIANA GOAL: IU’s Andy Adlard, controlling along the right wing just beyond midfield, issued a long lead pass right to the feet of Bruin, who settled, jostled past defenders and made no mistake, ripping the ball into the lower right corner with 37:30 left in regulation time. Northwestern 2, IU 1.

INDIANA GOAL: It didn’t take very long for Bruin to strike again. IU capitalized on a great counterattack that covered almost the length of the pitch. Bruin was among the Hoosiers who contributed to a running series of through balls and Bruin was the man who beat keeper Drew Kotler on a great diagonal drive into the lower left corner with 28:31 left. TIE: Indiana 2, Northwestern 2.

The Hoosiers just kept applying pressure, creating great chances. Bruin was basically tackled on the box, with no call, at 27:20. A Caleb Konstanski left footer was tipped off the bar by Kotler just seconds later. The keeper then made a pair of near-post saves on a cannonade started by Adlard at 25:40.

Shots were 7-7 at halftime but, with 22:33 to play, now stand 15-9 for IU. Dan Kelly comes off for IU at that point, with an apparent head injury engendered from a collision in the NU penalty area that again drew no call.

INDIANA GOAL: Sophomore midfielder Joe Tolen gave IU its first lead on a terrific 25-yard rocket into the upper right corner with 10:13 to play, setting off wild celebrations along the IU bench and in the stands. Indiana 3, Northwestern 2.

FINAL: INDIANA 3, NORTHWESTERN 2. IU is the Big Ten regular season champion.

3 comments

  1. Indiana wins 3-2 on a great comeback from down 0-2! Todd Yeagley wins the Big 10 Championship in his first season as Head Coach! What a great hire by Fred Glass! Go IU!

  2. I always thought yeagley was the guy for the job…a lot of people wanted to call it the good ol’ boys club….well you can’t argue with a big 10 championship. I really like glass as well. Once we get the basketball team straightened out (won’t be long) then we can get a football coach and wins some games.

    Again, go IU soccer.

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