Evansville at IU soccer

FINAL
Evansville scores two goals in the final four minutes to make the score respectable, but still a dominating and much-needed effort for Indiana to snap a five-game losing streak. IU now tries to take that momentum on the road to Michigan Saturday night. HOOSIERS 4, ACES 2

SECOND HALF
76th minute: After nearly five minutes of Evansville possession, Indiana strikes on the counter attack as AJ Corrado breaks through at midfield and as the defense closed, slid the ball ahead right to Kyle Sparks, who just blasted a shot into the net for his first goal of 2013. HOOSIERS 4, ACES 0

59th/60th minute: Much-needed second goal finally comes for Indiana, then a third. First it was a cross by Petts to Jamie Vollmer, who flicked it on to an overlapping Patrick Doody, who hit a half volley to the upper 90 at the near post. It didn’t take long for IU to find another, as Femi Hollinger-Janzen switched fields to Dylan Mares, who had a bad first touch and was denied by the keeper, but the rebound went to Andrew Oliver, who took his time and hit the open net. HOOSIERS 3, ACES 0

HALFTIME
After an even first 15, Indiana began to assert itself and really dominated most of the game, gashing some holes in the Evansville defense with crisp ball movement and some good diagonal runs to offset the high back line. Despite a 10-2 edge in shots, 5-0 edge in corner kicks and several other moments of danger, the one goal is all the Hoosiers have to show. The Purple Aces’ two shots were quality, one just high skimming the crossbar and the other a punch save by IU GK Michael Soderlund that no Evansville player was in position to clean up, fortunately for IU. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

FIRST HALF
24:18: Harrison Petts finishes off a long, dangerous sequence for Indiana, the Hoosiers’ best sustained offense of the night. Jamie Vollmer rocketed a cross from the left side that went all the way through, and A.J. Corrado put it back in from the right. Evansville headed that cross back to the middle of the box, where Petts settled, faked once, moved right and cracked a shot to the lower left corner. Prior to that , most of this game was played in the midfield to this point with limited opportunities for each side offensively. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

PREGAME
It’s a chilly night at Armstrong Stadium, and it’s been a chilly season for the IU men’s soccer team, which is assured of finishing the regular season with a losing record for the first time in school history and is currently riding a five-game losing streak, the longest in school history. The Hoosiers (4-9-1) try to right the ship against Evansville, but the Purple Aces (8-4-1) have wins over top 20 foes St. Louis and Butler already this season, both at home, so no easy out. And they also boast Bloomington North product Vince DiPrimio starting on the back line.

Indiana will start GK Soderlund, D Bradford, McKain, Bushue and Doody, MF Mares, Petts, Corrado, Vollmer and Schall, F Hollinger-Janzen. Freshman standout forward Tommy Thompson remains sidelined after meniscus surgery a week ago and best-case scenario will probably be his return for the Big Ten Tournament, which will be IU’s only ticket to the NCAA Tournament this year. Tanner Thompson, who will come off the bench tonight, is wearing No. 18 instead of the usual No. 11 after misplacing his bag on the road at VCU last weekend. Updates to come here and via Twitter. Also a good time to remind you to download the revamped Hoosier Scoop app for your mobile phone/device.

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