IU soccer vs. No. 12 Marquette

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Indiana wastes some opportunities to comfortably put this one away, but survives for the first win and shutout of the season. IU finishes with 17-10 edge in shots and 6-4 advantage in corner kicks to earn share of the IU Classic title with Notre Dame. HOOSIERS 1, EAGLES 0

16:00: A couple of great scoring opportunities in the opening two minutes of the half for Indiana, courtesy of freshman midfielder Jack Griffith, but Marquette keeper Charlie Lyon was up to the task, parrying aside the shots for corner kicks, which were largely have been ineffective. Marquette meanwhile has been surging forward with greater intensity, including a great chance midway through the half when a backpost opportunity was hit high by the Eagles. HOOSIERS 1, EAGLES 0

After scoring the goal, Indiana nearly had a short-lived lead as Nortey had a chance go awry on a giveaway, then got loose behind the defense and was taken down in the box. The referee gave no penalty kick, much to IU’s good fortune it appeared. With that behind them, the Hoosiers reapplied some offensive pressure, including a blast by Richard Ballard that slipped just wide right. Indiana played five subs in the opening half, and that didn’t include Kerel Bradford, who will likely see the pitch in the second half. HOOSIERS 1, EAGLES 0

13:40: A good sample of this IU team’s youth movement as freshman Grant Lillard overcame a bad touch at midfield to reclaim possession, made a long run into the attacking third, then laid the ball off to sophomore Tanner Thompson, who took a lefty rip from outside the 18. The goalkeeper could only touch the shot wide, where freshman Michael Riedford was onrushing for the tap-in and his first career goal. HOOSIERS 1, EAGLES 0

17:33: It’s been a much sharper, more aggressive Indiana team so far this afternoon, dominating the possession against Marquette. IU defense has limited the touches of Eagles standout C. Nortey, but the offense hasn’t been able to find the right combination in the final third to this point. Tanner Thompson had a couple of cracks at it off a free kick and rebound, while Femi Hollinger-Janzen shook himself free for a shot in the box that went right at the keeper. Officially, IU up 5-4 in shots, 3-1 in corner kicks. HOOSIERS 0, EAGLES 0

Back at Armstrong Stadium on this Sunday afternoon to wrap up the IU Classic. Indiana draws No. 12 Marquette, a 2-1 loser to defending national champion Notre Dame on Friday night. The Hoosiers look to build on a solid 1-1 result against No. 9 Georgetown. The Hoyas followed up with a 0-0 tie against the Fighting Irish in Sunday’s opener, leaving Indiana a chance to claim the tourney title with a win over the Eagles. First kick looks to be about 2:30.

IU goes with essentially the same starting lineup as against the Hoyas, with the exception of Billy McConnell starting at right back instead of Trevor Swartz. Here’s the full lineup: goalkeeper Colin Webb; defenders McConnell, Derek Creviston, Grant Lillard, Patrick Doody; midfielders Dylan Lax, Matt Foldesy, Tanner Thompson, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Jamie Vollmer; and forward Andrew Oliver. Updates to follow here and more frequently via Twitter.


  1. So much for the “doom and gloom”‘ers who complained about IU not being ranked in the pre-season polls! In real games IU earned a tie against #9 Georgetown and a win against #12 Marquette. Not a bad opening weekend. Even better when you consider that only 1 goal was given up in two games to very solid offensive teams. These two games coupled with the exhibition 1-1 tie with Washington, ranked #6 at the time, bode very well for Todd Yeagley’s team this season. GO IU! Fill up Armstrong Stadium and root these kids on to a great season!

  2. Correction, IU beat #6 Washington in that exhibition game, 1-0! So the on-field results, are, so far, very promising!

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