Michigan at Indiana soccer

FINAL: It’s on to St. John’s for Indiana, now just a win away from another College Cup. HOOSIERS 3, WOLVERINES 0

8:27, SECOND HALF: Indiana just piling on now. John Mellencamp gets in alone and finishes to removed any lingering doubt of this outcome. HOOSIERS 3, WOLVERINES 0

13:10, SECOND HALF: Michigan was coming fast and furious in an attempt to equalize, but Indiana mounts a counterattack that ends with Andy Adlard beating Michigan to the end line, then chipping the ball across the box where Brad Ring volleys it home to the delight of hundreds. HOOSIERS 2, WOLVERINES 0

22:18, SECOND HALF: Call it physical, call it chippy, call it NCAA Tournament soccer. Neither one of these teams is going down without a fight, but the Indiana defense has been superb so far. They’re not allowing any of Michigan’s super trio of scorers room to maneveur. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0

30:46, SECOND HALF: We’re well under way in the second half, and Indiana has narrowly missed a couple chances to increase the lead, most notably Kevin Noschang’s breakaway shot wide less than two minutes in. IU captain Brad Ring took a tumble on a hard foul moments ago, and stayed down for a minute holding his side. Hoosiers can only hope he didn’t reaggravate the hip injury that caused him to miss six games. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0

HALFTIME: The Hoosiers are halfway to the NCAA quarterfinals with the lead on Michigan. The Hoosiers have an 11-5 advantage in shots, so it’s a good thing they already have a goal. The team with the most shots has lost the first two meetings between these teams this season. Indiana will need to stay on the gas in the second half because Michigan has the offensive talent to make this interesting. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0

8:49, FIRST HALF: A break in the action here as Michigan’s Peri Merosevic is down after taking a Daniel Kelly cleat to the leg. Kelly was called for the foul and shown a yellow card despite knocking the ball away cleanly on the play. In other NCAA games today, Creighton defeated UConn, 2-1, and Maryland topped California, 2-1. UNC-Greensboro and South Florida are tied at 0 in the first half. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0

11:08, FIRST HALF: Indiana’s Andy Adlard puts the Hoosiers on top in the 34th minute. The ball caromed off a Michigan defender just inside the 18 and Adlard hit a right-footed volley into the bottom left corner for the goal. HOOSIERS 1, WOLVERINES 0

18:21, FIRST HALF: It’s Indiana starting to generate some offense now, but there is still a lot of attack, counter-attack. The best chance of the game just went begging as Brad Ring’s diving header at the back post was blocked and covered by the Michigan goalkeeper. And in a final from Queens, N.Y., St. John’s is awaiting the winner of this match after a 3-2 win over Cal-Irvine. HOOSIERS 0, WOLVERINES 0

31:22, FIRST HALF: As you might expect, no surprises so far from two familiar opponents. The one person not winning so far is the referee, with an assortment of no calls and touch fouls in the early going. Michigan has two shots, but nothing dangerous, while the Hoosiers have had a couple close-calls on crosses, but no shots. HOOSIERS 0, WOLVERINES 0

PREGAME: Just minutes away from first kick at Armstrong Stadium, where IU hopes to continue its late-season surge with a win over Michigan in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Wolverines won, 1-0, here in Bloomington earlier this season. The teams know each other well, so it all comes down to execution, performance and perhaps, a fortunate bounce. I’ll keep you informed. In the other half of this bracket, St. John’s leads Cal-Irvine, 2-1, with nine minutes to play.

8 comments

  1. Asked to pick a winner between Indiana and St. John’s, Michigan coach Steve Burns waffled after tonight’s game, but said he hoped Indiana. The Wolverines played at St. John’s last season, so he is familiar with both teams. The Red Storm apparently play on artificial turf, for what it’s worth.

  2. IU played great soccer last night and UMich is
    a good team with all their quick touches and
    movements. This was Jerry Yeagley soccer last
    night and I like our chances against the JOhnnies.

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