Bakersfield at IU soccer

Really not Indiana’s best effort of the season, but easily the best result through the first five games, especially for the psyche of the Hoosiers. Tanner Thompson the man of the match off the bench with a pair of assists. He and Femi Hollinger-Janzen gave Indiana some of its best moments, as the Hoosiers avoid their first four-game losing streak since 1985. IU will try to build some momentum on Sunday when it hosts UC-Irvine at 1 p.m. HOOSIERS 4, ROADRUNNERS 1

73:33 and 74:52: Tanner Thompson does the dirty work the first time, winnning the ball and beating three defenders forward, then laying the ball off to Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who blasts the shot home from the left side of the box. It didn’t take long for another goal, as Patrick Doody’s cross in just misses Femi’s head, but A.J. Corrado was waiting to head the ball right under the keeper. HOOSIERS 4, ROADRUNNERS 1

Indiana goes to the break with a 12-4 edge in shots on goal and a 2-1 edge on the scoreboard. It seemed like more on both counts. Important for the Hoosiers to tack on another goal early in the second and not let Bakersfield linger. Tanner Thompson was a big spark in that first half, and guys like Kotlov and Mares just need to settle down and let the goals come. Mares in particular, who hit one off the post and missed another good look at a volley high. HOOSIERS 2, ROADRUNNERS 1

14:32: Just when it seemed like more of the same for the Hoosiers after going down 1-0, the offense roars to life with two goals just a minute apart. First, freshman Tommy Thompson scored his first career goal, taking a throw-in, cutting to the middle of the field and ripping a low strike that left the Bakersfield keeper grasping at air.

That was followed by fantastic work from Tanner Thompson along the left sideline and end line. Tanner looked to be closed off by the defender, but refused to give up and fought his way to a centering pass, that Jacob Bushue made a sliding finish on, complete with Tiger Woods fist pump. HOOSIERS 2, ROADRUNNERS 1

Back at Armstrong Stadium for the fourth time in the first five games, Indiana men’s soccer is hoping Friday the 13th turns out to be unlucky for somebody else after three straight overtime losses. The Hoosiers have Michael Soderlund back in goal after missing the West Virginia game last Sunday with a hip pointer, and Dylan Lax is getting the start at center back alongside Kerel Bradford in place of freshman Billy McConnell. Despite the loss to the Mountaineers, Indiana did score a season-high four goals, so perhaps the offensive floodgates have been opened.

Bakersfield is entering its first season in the Western Athletic Conference after winning the Pacific Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation four straight years, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 for the Roadrunners. Updates coming here and via Twitter.