UCF at IU soccer

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FINAL
The Indiana defense lacked the sharpness of previous outings, but defenders had two goals and an assist for the IU offense in a game where the final tally showed 12 shots apiece. Hoosiers improve to 5-1-2 on the season. Next up is Northwestern at Armstrong Stadium Sunday at 2:30 p.m. HOOSIERS 4, KNIGHTS 2

SECOND HALF
31:25 Indiana freshman defender Grant Lillard joins the scoring parade with his first career goal. Lillard with a header into the left side of the net of a service by Billy McConnell restores the two-goal advantage. HOOSIERS 4, KNIGHTS 2

41:16 UCF’s Romario Williams, a Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, finds space in the middle of the pitch and hits a beautiful strike that left Colin Webb no chance. It’s a one-goal game again, as Indiana gives up more than one goal for the first time all year. HOOSIERS 3, KNIGHTS 2

HALFTIME
Indiana with just a 7-6 advantage in shots, but Hoosiers made the most of their chances in a game that has been fairly even but for the opening two minutes and a five-minute spurt late in the half that included two goals in 42 seconds. Not sure coach Todd Yeagley will be overly thrilled with the level of play and will be looking for a sharper second-half performance. HOOSIERS 3, KNIGHTS 1

FIRST HALF
12:54 A corner kick knocked out to IU defender Patrick Doody at the top of the box. Doody took one touch to control, then ripped a rocket from 20 yards out that found the left side of the net. HOOSIERS 3, KNIGHTS 1

13:36 Indiana pressuring, and Dylan Lax took a long-distance chance initially that was blocked but got to the foot of Femi Hollinger-Janzen, whose shot from the left side of the box was saved by the goalkeeper. But the deflection goes to Trevor Swartz, who cleans up with a rebound goal in front. HOOSIERS 2, KNIGHTS 1

34:01 UCF strikes back quickly via a corner kick, the Knights’ first real offensive threat of the night. A bounding ball through the box found Jake Weiss at the top of the 18 and his half volley curled over IU goalkeeper Colin Webb, hit the underside of the cross bar and caromed home for the equalizer. HOOSIERS 1, KNIGHTS 1

42:20: Early strike for Indiana, which lulled UCF to sleep with possession in the back, then struck up the left hand side, as Matt Foldesy’s skipping cross found Jamie Vollmer in front for a virtual tap-in from inside the six. HOOSIERS 1, KNIGHTS 0

PREGAME
I’m back at Armstrong Stadium tonight as No. 17 Indiana hosts the UCF Knights, formerly known as Central Florida Golden Knights. The visitors are 1-4-1 this season with all four losses coming by one goal, including a 2-1 loss at Akron and a 1-0 loss at Oregon State. As a matter of fact, three of those losses have been of the 1-0 variety.

That makes for an interesting combination with an IU team that has yet to allow more than one goal in a game this season and has posted four shutouts already, matching last year’s total. The Hoosiers (4-1-2) scored multiple goals in a game for the first time this season last Saturday at Rutgers and look to make it two games in a row tonight. Scoring updates here and more via Twitter.