Game updates: Penn State at IU soccer

FINAL
Indiana has had stronger performances go unrewarded this season, so the Hoosiers will take the Big Ten victory and accompanying three points. IU outshoots Penn State 16-12, PSU leads in corners 5-4. Next up for Indiana is a top-10 clash at Louisville Tuesday. HOOSIERS 1, LIONS 0

SECOND HALF
70th minute: Indiana holding on to the one-goal lead, despite a couple chances to increase the advantage. Andrew Gutman’s 1-on-1 chance was right at the keeper again, while a Phil Fives goal off a Tanner Thompson assist was called back for offsides. IU goalkeeper Colin Webb with a couple big saves to preserve the lead as well. HOOSIERS 1, LIONS 0

HALFTIME
Indiana dominated the first 20 minutes and the last five, but in between Penn State more than held its own. IU finishes with a 7-5 edge in shots, Penn State a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Closest call for the Nittany Lions was a Robby Sagel header tipped off the crossbar by IU goalkeeper Colin Webb on one of those corner kicks. Indiana will need to put at least one more away to secure this victory, but it’s worth noting that first goal snapped a streak of 485 scoreless minutes against PSU since the Hoosiers’ last win over the Nittany Lions in 2012. HOOSIERS 1, LIONS 0

FIRST HALF
36th minute: After squandering numerous golden opportunities early that saw two 1-v-1s with the goalkeeper go unscored, a header slip wide and a blast over the bar, Indiana finally converted on its sixth chance after seeing Penn State seemingly establish the upper hand. Cory Thomas ran down a long ball over the top and kicked it out of bounds for a PSU throw-in instead of a goal kick, then the Hoosiers won possession. Trevor Swartz slipped a pass from the top of the box in on the right side for Thomas, who simply blasted the ball through the goalkeeper and into the back of the net, snapping a scoreless streak of 485 against the Nittany Lions. HOOSIERS 1, LIONS 0

PREGAME
No. 6 Indiana will look to flush the disappointment of last Tuesday’s 4-0 loss, its first of the season, at No. 2 Notre Dame when it hosts Penn State at Armstrong Stadium tonight. IU needs this win to stay in the upper half of the Big Ten after three draws in the first four conference games. One of the three teams currently tied with Indiana is Penn State at 2-2, so this is a crucial matchup if IU is to host at least one game in the conference tournament. It’s also big just for a confidence standpoint and season momentum. Last time playing at home, Indiana rallied from 2-0 down to beat Butler, 3-2 in overtime. Scoring updates to come, more via Twitter.