Dayton vs. Indiana soccer

FINAL
Five different Hoosiers score as Indiana secures its first IU Classic title since 2005. Four of those Hoosiers were scoring their first goal in an Indiana uniform. It’s the first time IU has scored six goals in a game since a 6-0 rout of Butler on Oct. 19, 2005. HOOSIERS 6, FLYERS 0

SECOND HALF
19:00: Eriq Zavaleta on the giving end this time with a back heel pass to Blake Wise for the finish, and Indiana is just having fun. HOOSIERS 6, FLYERS 0

22:31: A.J. Corrado with his second assist in a minute and a half. This time he got free on the left side of the box, then as the goalkeeper came out, Corrado laid it off to Nikita Kotlov for the easy finish. HOOSIERS 5, FLYERS 0

23:51: A.J. Corrado the feed to Eriq Zavaleta, who dribbles across the box and punches home one more nail in the Dayton coffin. HOOSIERS 4, FLYERS 0

27:07: Three times a desperation tackle by Dayton was all that prevented Indiana from adding to the lead early in the half. Game has settled down a bit now, but some fresh bodies in for IU to try and add a spark. HOOSIERS 3, FLYERS 0

HALFTIME
At the break, Indiana thoroughly dominating this game and poised to take the IU Classic title. Hoosiers hold an 8-4 advantage in shots, and two of those Dayton shots came in the final two minutes of the half. No doubt the message will be about not letting up in the lockerroom for coach Todd Yeagley.

The goal by Chris Estridge was his first at Indiana since transferring from Wake Forest, and the other scores were the first career goals for Jacob Bushue and Blake Wise. HOOSIERS 3, FLYERS 0

FIRST HALF
14:16: Three’s the magic number. Tommy Meyer plays a long ball to Harrison Petts down the right-hand side. Petts holds up and finds Blake Wise alone at the top of the box, where he fakes a shot, cuts left and curls a left-footed shot into the net. HOOSIERS 3, FLYERS 0

17:33: Indiana converts off the corner kick, which sailed over the outstretched hands of the keeper and Tommy Meyer headed the ball into the air, then deflected it to the left side of the box where Jacob Bushue volleyed a shot into an open net.

Dayton had been hanging in since that early goal by Indiana. IU fortunate that a couple of turnovers in the midfield haven’t cost them a dangerous counter attack. Defenders Tommy Meyer and Caleb Konstanski have been super. HOOSIERS 2, FLYERS 0

33:40: Indiana was steadily building pressure on the Dayton defense, and the Flyers finally cracked. Jamie Vollmer with a beautiful through ball as Chris Estridge made the run forward and slotted the ball past the Dayton keeper. IU must be wary of Dayton’s counter attack though. HOOSIERS 1, FLYERS 0

PREGAME
I’m back at Armstrong Stadium for the finale of the IU Classic as Dayton takes on the host Hoosiers. In the first game, St. Louis just knocked off No. 10 Notre Dame in overtime, 2-1, so an Indiana win or tie would clinch the Hoosiers’ first Classic title since 2005.

Indiana wearing the all white uniforms today, with Dayton all red. Game time should be about 2:20. Stay tuned here or, more frequently, on Twitter for in-game updates.

UPDATE: Starting lineups are in and same as Friday for IU: Defenders Matt McKain, Tommy Meyer, Caleb Konstanski and Chris Estridge; midfielders Harrison Petts, Alec Purdie, Jamie Vollmer, Jacob Bushue and Kerel Bradford; and forward Eriq Zavaleta. Dayton is without freshman Greg Enstone, who scored the Flyers’ lone goal against Notre Dame Friday. He received two yellow cards and was sent off with a red in that game and will sit this one out as a result.

4 comments

  1. Sounds like coach Yeagley has the new players blending a strong defense into the smooth, dominant college team it should always be. Not surprising to those of us who know TY2. Zabaleta, from the description, reminds of Armando Betancourt and the DiBernardo brothers..someone who knows striking.

    It would be great if, at some point, you could list the team by positions and give us an idea of its style (ball on the ground, counterattacking, long ball, etc) and how hey set up on the field (4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-3-1-2). Do they bring their laterals up? Good game report…thanks.

  2. Thanks so much for your updates here and on Twitter. It’s awesome. I’ll also second Tsao in asking for stylistic commentary – it sounds like these Hoosiers are creating a more free-flowing offense than in recent years, but what’s this difference between this result and that of Notre Dame?

    Keep up the great work, and here’s hoping young Yeags has the Hoosiers bound back towards the College Cup!

  3. Good questions.
    IU is officially playing a 4-5-1 this year, but there is a lot of flexibility built into that formation. At times it takes on more of a 4-3-3 look when IU is possessing, and the outside backs are free to join in the attack at any point — perfectly suited for Chris Estridge, in particular.

    The offense does look to be more free flowing, but this was Dayton and St. Louis, which may be the biggest difference from Notre Dame. The Irish also tend to a more physical style of game, as did St. Louis to some degree, but Dayton seemed to like a more open game — and a higher back line — which was very much in IU’s favor.

    The other thing is this is such a young IU team, lots of freshmen, sophomores, transfers, so every game they play together, the better they should get. Next weekend’s games in the ND tourney will be a good test of their focus, something Yeagley and Zavaleta both talked about after the win. Expect those comments to show up in a story later this week.

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