Penn State at Indiana soccer

FINAL

As bad as things have gone this year for IU, this was a monumental effort and crucial win. HOOSIERS 2, LIONS 1

SECOND HALF

9:51: Indiana just trying to survive at this point. Penn State just had a potential game-tying goal waved off by a hand ball. But now senior Ofori Sarkodie is down, a loss IU can ill afford with Meyer already gone for these final minutes. Now he’s up and gingerly walking off the field. Looks like he’ll return momentarily. HOOSIERS 2, LIONS 1

24:19: Tommy Meyer just picked up his second yellow card of the game and he has been ejected for the remainder of the game. IU will try to protect the lead a man down. And Will Bruin just missed extending the lead when his shot over the onrushing keeper glanced off the far post with 22 minutes to go. HOOSIERS 2, LIONS 1

27:45: For whatever reason, Indiana has really played a lot closer to the level most expected today. Now it’s a matter of not letting down over these final 27-plus minutes. HOOSIERS 2, LIONS 1

44:20: Daniel Kelly with the goal of the year for Indiana. Kelly raced to get between the keeper and a bouncing ball at the top of the box, knocked it loose then piroutted and hit a shot to the corner of the net. HOOSIERS 2, LIONS 1

HALFTIME

45 minutes are in the books and we’re all tied up. For Indiana, this is just the third first-half goal of the season. Hoosiers officially went with a 3-6-1 formation for the first time this year. Last Sunday, coach Mike Freitag told me they had “tried everything”, but then I guess he thought of this. We’ll see how it works in the second half. LIONS 1, HOOSIERS 1

FIRST HALF

6:02: Lee Hagedorn provides the equalizer, hitting a one-timer at the back post off the corner from Andy Adlard. LIONS 1, HOOSIERS 1

8:02: Indiana building some momentum it seems, but even with 7 shots, little has been dangerous for the Hoosiers. LIONS 1, HOOSIERS 0

24:34: Penn State has started to assert itself a bit now, including a dangerous shot from the top of the box just high and wide. This will be the test for IU. Can they meet the challenge? The answer is no as Penn State’s Matheus Braga bangs home the shot on the back post. LIONS 1, HOOSIERS 0

38:03: It’s very early still, but from up here the consensus is that the Hoosiers are showing a bit more urgency and intensity than usual. IU had an early corner, then a good chance as Daniel Kelly broke free before the ball was knocked away to Rich Balchan, who had his follow shot blocked. HOOSIERS 0, LIONS 0

PREGAME

I’m at Armstrong Stadium for the Hoosiers’ Senior Day matinee against Big Ten leader Penn State. The Nittany Lions clinch the title with a win. A Penn State tie or loss and an Ohio State win vs. Michigan Saturday would give the Buckeyes the outright title.

It’s Senior Day for Ofori Sarkodie, Eric Alexander, Darren Yeagle, Lee Hagedorn and Nemanja Kostic.

Stay tuned to see what happens or follow me on Twitter.

3 comments

  1. That’s one. If they get another that’ll be two, and then one more will be a winning streak. And then, maybe, IU can dare to start thinking about making a run into the NCAA tourney… maybe.

  2. IU soccer has won 9 games…..still in the running to win the big ten tourny and get into the ncaa tourament- have faith in this team and staff

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