IU Soccer vs. Michigan State

The Hoosiers knocked off previously unbeaten Michigan State at home on Saturday night, 2-0. Kevin Alston, a sophomore that plays a hybrid midfielder/back role as a starter for the Hoosiers, scored both goals. They were the first of his IU career.

Alston was left wide open the entire first half on the left sideline, and made a number of spirited moves towards the goal. In the 39th minute, he sprinted right, made a sweet juke move, and slid into his hard rolling shot back to the left side of the net.

He scored again in the second half on a restart play. Daniel Kelly was credited with the assist. He dropped a dime pass to Alston, who made another stutter step move and rocketed home a shot into the right side upper 90.

The game was a physical test for both teams. There were two yellow cards issued, one for each side, but there were an alarmingly high number of no-calls. The officials seemed to be of the ‘Let ’em play’ mentality but players on both sides were doing face plants on the field after being tripped or pushed.

Fifth-year senior Greg Stevning of the Hoosiers was down for a few moments after what appeared to be a head-to-head collision with the Spartans’ Spencer Thompson. He held his hands in his head for a while, then rolled over on his back, then left for the locker room before the first half was out. He did not return, and IU coach Mike Freitag said he wouldn’t mess with a head injury by playing him sooner than he ought.

Frietag said he’s enjoyed handing two Michigan teams their first losses of the season. Last week, the Hooisers beat the Wolverines in overtime on the road, 3-2. The team has won four in a row after losing three straight.

“They make it a difficult job for me to select a starting lineup, because there’s a lot of players that can contribute,” Freitag said.