A strong showing for No. 18 Indiana in its home opener. If coach Todd Yeagley had one complaint, it’s that IU never could find that putaway goal in the second half. Hoosiers return here to face Dayton at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 1
11:23: Indiana still looking for one more goal to put this game away, but hasn’t found it yet.
No scoring so far in this second half. St. Louis continues to get its best chances off throw-ins and restarts, while IU dominates possession. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 1
The opening period ends with a flurry of activity. With two minutes left, an Indiana corner kick skipped off a St. Louis defender for an own goal and a 3-0 lead. But the Billikens got the goal back with 55 seconds left in the half, poking home a loose ball in the IU box.
Indiana finishes with a 6-3 advantage in shots, and each goalkeeper made one save. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 1
17:31: Zavaleta adds his first career assist to his first career goal, getting loose in the middle of the pitch and laying the ball off left to Alec Purdie for the finish. HOOSIERS 2, BILLIKENS 0
26:14: Freshman Eriq Zavaleta perfectly positioned in the middle of the box to convert after Alec Purdie got to the end line and centered the ball, with the finish producing Indiana’s first goal of the 2011 season. HOOSIERS 1, BILLIKENS 0
Up to that point, this game didn’t really have a lot of flow to it. St. Louis a couple chances on throw-ins deep in IU territory, while Indiana failed to get anything off a couple of restarts. Hoosiers’ best chance came off a long Jamie Vollmer throw-in, which Tommy Meyer headed down in the box, but Zavaleta hit the shot high.
Just under way here, and IU’s starting lineup: GK Luis Soffner, D Tommy Meyer, D, Caleb Konstanski, D, Matt McKain, D Chris Estridge, M Alec Purdie, M Kerel Bradford, M Jacob Bushue, M Harrison Petts, M Jamie Vollmer, F Eriq Zavaleta.
No. 18 Indiana plays its home opener tonight in the IU Classic at Armstrong Stadium. St. Louis is the opponent for the 7:30 p.m. start. A few pre-match notes to keep you entertained as No. 10 Notre Dame just wrapped up a 4-1 victory over Dayton in the opener. Updates to come here and on Twitter. Feel free to tweet some questions at me before or during the game as well. I’ll do my best to respond.
- The Hoosiers and Billikens have not met since a 2-0 IU victory in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. And this will be the first meeting for the second-year head coaches — Todd Yeagley at Indiana and Mike McGinty at St. Louis. McGinty is a former associate head coach at Virginia, where he was part of the 2009 NCAA champions. IU leads the all-time series, 18-9-4.
- Sophomore Nikita Kotlov should see a few more minutes tonight, as he works his way back from an offseason injury that had him wearing a back brace at practice last week. Kotlov only played during the overtime session at Notre Dame last weekend, and Yeagley said this week he’d like to keep extending his minutes.
- A total of five Hoosiers saw their first career collegiate playing time in the season-opening draw with the Irish — two transfers, two freshmen and one redshirt freshman.