IU soccer vs. St. John’s

Indiana had its chances early in the half but never could find that second goal to put this game well and truly away. Hoosiers finish with a 13-6 edge in shots and 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Bloomington native and freshman Jeremiah Gutjahr made his debut in the final eight-plus minutes as IU was able to kill the clock. HOOSIERS 1, RED STORM 0

St. John’s didn’t get its first shot on goal until the 29th minute, a blast from 23 yards out well-handled by IU goalkeeper Colin Webb. Red Storm’s best shot was a near-post touch by Filippo Ricupati that went just wide into the side netting. Stats favor Indiana in shots, 6-2, and corner kicks, 6-1. HOOSIERS 1, RED STORM 0

12:21: Indiana’s domination finally pays off on the goal by Phil Fives, who after a passing combination from Grant Lillard to Ben Maurey to Fives, who hits a left-footed strike that beat the goalkeeper to the far post. HOOSIERS 1, RED STORM 0

22:13: Nothing on the board yet, although Indiana missed a golden chance when the referee awarded a penalty kick as Andrew Gutman charged in on the left side of the box and took a tumble. Femi Hollinger-Janzen took the PK firmly and aggressively but his shot was wide left and out of bounds in the 11th minute. Hoosiers dominating the ball, leading 2-0 in shots and 5-0 in corner kicks. HOOSIERS 0, RED STORM 0

The 2015 season begins in earnest tonight as No. 14 Indiana takes on St. John’s in the IU Classic at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are deep, talented and motivated to do better after bowing out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Red Storm are coming off a down season, but are a historically proud program under Dr. Dave Masur. Their roster boasts 17 foreign players, and coach Todd Yeagley said he expects St. John’s will make things difficult for the IU offense, forcing the Hoosiers to attack off the edge, whether in the run of play or off set pieces. Updates to come here and more frequently via Twitter.