Michigan at Indiana soccer

Another beautiful night for soccer at Armstrong Stadium with the IU men hosting Michigan in the second Big Ten game of the season. The Wolverines are coming off a 3-1 upset of No. 14 Notre Dame on Wednesday. The Hoosiers are currently ranked No. 17. Stay tuned to see what happens on Parents’ Day.

45:00, FIRST HALF

Lee Hagedorn is replacing Tommy Meyer in the IU starting lineup for the second straight game. Meyer left the UCSB game early, looking a little banged up. That appears to be the reason for the change, but not sure about that yet. Meyer did not play at Evansville Tuesday.

43:00, first half: That didn’t take long as Michigan’s Jake Stacy scores off a long cross between two IU defenders. The Hoosiers have given up two or more goals in three straight games and have already given up one here. WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

30:00, first half: After the shaky start, Indiana has started to assert itself more, putting together some nice combinations. They still haven’t had a real dangerous chance, but I think one might be coming soon. WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

22:01, first half: Hoosiers got that dangerous chance in the 20th minute when Will Bruin’s nifty heel flick found Hagedorn coming up the right side. Hagedorn’s shot was deflected by the sliding keeper and a defender cleared the ball away before it could tumble into the goal. WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

HALFTIME

Indiana spent the final 20 minutes of the half knocking on the door, sometimes knocking very hard, but Michigan refuses to open it a crack as we go to the break. Among the best chances for IU were Brad Ring’s 25-yard blast in the 35th minute and Will Bruin’s header off the crossbar three minutes later. WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

34:36, second half: Since that early mistake, the IU defense has been a steel curtain. Now the offense needs to cash in. WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

26:14, second half: Golden opportunity for IU on a scramble in front of the net but Ring’s back heel was cleared off the line by Michigan defenders in the 63rd minute. Brian Ackley and Neil Wilmarth into the game on the front line for Indiana. WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

15:54, second half: Time starting to become a factor for Indiana. Michigan has regained a little momentum, misfiring on a couple of good chances to pad the lead. The question now is can they hang on? WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

FINAL

No late heroics this week for Indiana as they just can’t find the net in losing to Michigan. WOLVERINES 1, HOOSIERS 0

2 comments

  1. What is going on with IU soccer? Do they not have the same talent level or is Freitag not as competent at the head coach job?

    Have the other programs started to catch up, or is IU just in the down turn of a cycle that most amateur teams eventually face?

    Do we have any soccer guru’s out there that can help me out on this?

  2. We have the so called talent. Our studs from the defensive side have performed really well. Unfortunetly we tend to attract good offensive players from great high school programs, but we never get the elite prospects from any class. Still with the talent we have we should at least be consistently going to the elite 8-final 4 in each college cup. It’s been disapointing to say the least.

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