FINAL Indiana with a strong push in the final 15 minutes but could not crack the Creighton defense, which recorded its ninth shutout in 11 games. For the Hoosiers, it’s their third straight loss. BLUEJAYS 1, HOOSIERS 0
68:34 Midway through the second half now and the score remains 1-0. Creighton had a shot off the post early in the half, and IU had a Tommy Meyer header at the far post denied by a Creighton defender about six minutes ago. Game very physical, and that’s not working in IU’s favor at this point. BLUEJAYS 1, HOOSIERS 0
HALFTIME We’re at the break here at Armstrong Stadium, and Indiana has got some serious work to do to avoid a third straight loss. The Hoosiers have largely held their own, but Creighton really dominated late in the half. Halftime could be a good thing for IU to re-energize, because giving up that goal after letting a 2-0 lead slip away in the last game could be deflating. As far as stats, Creighton leads in shots, 9-2, and corner kicks, 3-0. BLUEJAYS 1, HOOSIERS 0
3:11 Creighton has largely dominated these final 15 minutes of the half, and the Bluejays get the payoff when Dion Acoff hits a shot at the top of the box that deflects of the foot of Tommy Meyer, sending it spinning into the upper right corner of the net. Now Indiana has its work cut out to battle from behind against the nation’s top-ranked defense. BLUEJAYS 1, HOOSIERS 0
22:03 At the mid-point of the first half, still no score here. Each team has had one real quality chance denied. Creighton’s Ethan Finlay hit a header past IU keeper Luis Soffner, but Tommy Meyer cleared the ball off the line in the fifth minute. A minute later, Indiana’s Alec Purdie hit a breaking Chris Estridge on the left side, but he was denied on a sensational diving save by Bluejay keeper Brian Holt. Officially, Creighton holds a 5-1 advantange in shots. HOOSIERS 0, BLUEJAYS 0
No. 10 Indiana is back at home today to square off with No. 5 Creighton here at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers (6-2-2) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Louisville Wednesday night, a game they led 2-0, and the Bluejays won 2-1 in overtime at Wisconsin on Wednesday. Creighton (9-1) has allowed just two goals on the season, one to Wisconsin and the other to No. 3 Maryland in a 1-0 loss.
Indiana will be without freshman Patrick Doody, who is recovering from oral surgery, and sophomore Blake Wise, who is on crutches today. So the Hoosiers’ offensive depth will be tested as both those guys have played key minutes off the bench this season.
This is a big game for IU after two straight losses. It’s big for NCAA Tournament seeding purposes, not to mention the psychological impact. Follow along here and on Twitter.