Hoosiers play to preseason draw

The Indiana men’s soccer team unofficially kicked off the 2013 soccer season with a 3-3 draw against Marquette in a preseason game at the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne. Here’s the details from the IU release:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A dominating first-half performance by Indiana’s starting 11 staked the Hoosiers to a 3-1 lead and they held on for a 3-3 tie vs. Marquette in preseason action at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Hoosiers went with a starting lineup of sophomore Michael Soderlund in goal, junior Patrick Doody, freshman Billy McConnell, junior Kerel Bradford and senior Matt McKain in the back. The midfield was made up of junior Dylan Mares, senior Harrison Petts, senior Nikita Kotlov, senior A.J. Corrado and senior Jacob Bushue, with freshman Tommy Thompson up top.

Bushue got off the first shot of the night in the third minute, taking a rip from the top of the 18 that was saved by Marquette goalkeeper Charlie Lyon. It was less than two minutes later when Indiana took a 1-0 lead on a score from Corrado. Petts crossed the ball into the box and Corrado was able to head it past Lyon for the goal in the fifth minute.

The Hoosiers continued to attack but Marquette took advantage of a set piece, getting 6-foot-7 Axel Sjoberg on the end of a serve from Paul Dillon to knot the score at 1-all.

The Hoosiers came right back when two minutes later Mares took a free kick from 25 yards out that forced Lyon to make a diving save to his right. In the 17th minute Corrado had a one-on-one opportunity vs. Lyon but the shot was from a difficult angle and he lofted the ball high. Four minute later, Doody joined the attack from his left back position and fired off a shot that forced a team save from Dillon.

Indiana put it all together for goal number two in the 29th minute when Bushue played a thru ball and slotted it home to the lower left, nicking the ball off Lyon as he made an attempt at the save.

Mares was active in the midfield for the Hoosiers throughout the first half and that was evident in the 34th minute when he hit a hard line-drive shot that was saved by Lyon. The ball bounced right back to Mares and he took another crack at goal, with this one stopped by Sjoberg. The ball again found the foot of a Hoosier as Kotlov took the third shot in the sequence, resulting in another Lyon save and an IU corner kick.

The Hoosiers finished the first half with a 17-3 shot advantage and were led by Mares’ five attempts.

Mares helped the Hoosiers put points on the board in the 38th minute as he made a run down the right flank and played a perfectly-placed diagonal ball to Tommy Thompson, who made a run up the middle and slotted home his first career goal from six yards out for a 3-1 Indiana lead.

The second half saw Yeagley swap out his entire 11, putting true freshman Colin Webb in goal and giving junior Drew Schall, redshirt freshman Derek Creviston, freshman Tanner Thompson, sophomore Andrew Oliver, sophomore Kyle Sparks, sophomore Femi Hollinger-Janzen, redshirt freshman Zach Martin, junior Dylan Lax, junior Jamie Vollmer and freshman Michael Galullo a chance to see serious minutes against a quality opponent.

Webb was tested early when he stopped a point-blank shot from C. Nortey five minutes into the half. The Golden Eagles got a goal back in the 55th minute when Kelmend Islami chested down a ball from Bryan Ciesiulka and one-timed a shot past Webb.

Indiana had a chance to put a fourth goal on the board in the 83rd minute when sub Brad Shaw played a long ball to Sparks, requiring a last-second foot save from Lyon.

It looked as if IU would hang on for the win, but with just under four minutes remaining Marquette was awarded a penalty kick when Islami and Vollmer got tangled in the penalty area. Islami converted the attempt for the final 3-3 score line.

The Hoosiers close out the preseason on Saturday as they face No. 4 North Carolina to close out the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. It was the Hoosiers who put an end to the Tar Heels’ season in 2012 with a 1-0 victory in the NCAA quarterfinals in Chapel Hill.