Indiana soccer wins third straight

The No. 17 Hoosiers are finding their way, surely and actually pretty quickly. They’ve followed three loses with three wins.Brad Ring fights for a ball against UCLA earlier this season. The latest a 1-0 victory against the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Here’s the recap, courtesy of IU assistant media relations director Melanie Schneider:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- An early second-half goal from midfielder Brad Ring was all No. 17 Indiana needed in a 1-0 victory over UIC Wednesday night at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

With the win, the Hoosiers improve to 6-3-1 on the season and are riding a three-match win streak. UIC falls to 4-3-2.

“We played a very good opponent tonight in UIC,” said head coach Mike Freitag. “They are a very good, mature team and possessed the ball very well at times. But, it is all about scoring goals and finding ways to win and we did that tonight.”

The goal came in the 50th minute as an uneventful first half was followed by a spirited Hoosier attack in the opening minutes of the second period. Ring cut off a UIC pass in the midfield and facing two defenders decided to take the shot from about 25 yards out. The ball went into the upper left with UIC goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja having no chance for the save. It was Ring’s second goal of the season.

“Once I jumped in front of the ball I saw two defenders in front of me,” Ring said. “I know I am not the best dribbler, so I thought I would take a chance and hit it.”

“Brad Ring has been great for us all year,” Freitag said. “If he isn’t an All-American, I don’t know who is. He works both sides of the ball and is a warrior out there.”

The shot was one of 14 on the night for Indiana as the Hoosiers finished the game with a slight 14-13 advantage in shots taken. The Flames picked up the intensity once down a goal, putting up nine shots in the second frame after getting just four in the first half.

3 comments

  1. 3 straight wins is a good thing. Still, I don’t get this sense that this is a squad with the killer instinct of championship clubs past. Not that they can’t get on a roll (starting now would be great) and surprise for a championship, but it seems they played UIC very much like they played UCLA. And that’s not great news.

    At times they just seem to have an amazing amount of talent, but I can’t tell what the problems are having not seen them very much this year. Is it just consistency? Bad luck? I just can’t see why aren’t they generating more goals.

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