Indiana men’s soccer exhibition vs. Illinois-Chicago


Indiana 15 shots to the Flames’ 6, and 8 corners to 0 for UIC.

Dylan Lax, having set up IU’s goal, nearly scored himself a few minutes later with a 30-yard blast just over the bar, then with a shot in the area blocked in the box by a UIC defender. Kyle Sparks, who scored the IU goal, also had a rebound blocked. Those two guys have really looked catalytic since they entered the fray.

INDIANA GOAL: IU sophomore Dylan Lax slid to provide a great through ball that caught the Flames’ defense flat footed and provided redshirt-freshman Kyle Sparks a breakaway. Sparks calmly drew keeper Goran Ikic off his line and made no mistake on his shot to equalize with 18:18 to play. Indiana 1, Illinois-Chicago 1,

ILLINOIS-CHICAGO GOAL: Ivan Stanisavljevic, the 2011 Horizon League Player of the Year, showed his stuff to get the Flames ahead. He beat IU freshman Derek Creviston down the right side to set up a teammate’s shot that rebounded right to his foot. He made no mistake, sending a diagonal shot off the far post and in. IU keeper Luis Soffner had no chance. Illinois-Chicago 1, Indiana 0 23:28 to play.


IU was less dominant in period two. The shots are now 8-5 in IU’s favor, with the Flames getting a couple of nice chances well-caught by IU keeper Luis Soffner, but the Hoosiers had the best scoring chance. We have one more 30-minute period to play.

11:05: Should be 1-0, Indiana, but isn’t. Caleb Konstanski missed a wide-open net after  a T.J. Popolizio header set him up in the box. Again, lack of finishing touch is a killer. Derek Creviston, a true freshman center-back, then enters for Konstanski.

29:28. Eriq Zavaleta nearly runs down a long lead pass after the UIC keeper and a defender seemed undecided who should address it, but Zavaleta couldn’t quite get there, with his sliding shot going into the side netting.

16:02: UIC gets its best chance of the night so far when Ned Pavlovic’s strong right-footer from the 18 is well-cradled by IU keeper Luis Soffner.

13:48: T.J. Popolizio, who transferred from Brown with immediately eligibility as a graduate student, is in


21:45: IU’s Nikita Kotlov ran down a great through ball into the penalty area and one-touched to beat goalie Piotr Kikolski (nice surname for a soccer player) only to see UIC’s Kyle Lindberg slide in to save Kotlov’s diagonal shot right off the goalline to keep the match scoreless.

16:25. An Oliver blast saved in the box by UIC defender Thomas Villamil. IU is dominating play, with pretty much all 11 Flames players spending almost all their time in their defensive half of the pitch. IU has two shots and two corner-kicks already, to none of either for UIC.

5:45: A.J. Corrado with a nice chip goalward, but well-caught by Kiklowski.

PREGAME: A potentially potent 2012 Indiana men’s soccer squad makes its first public appearance tonight with a scrimmage game against Illinois-Chicago. Tonight’s format is a bit different in that we’ll see three 30-minute periods, with 8-minute breaks. I’ll be anxious to see how well celebrated freshman striker Andrew Oliver meshes with standout soph Eriq Zavaleta and others up front. This No. 12-ranked Hoosier team should be able to score goals. The question is the defensive third, where graduation losses might be felt.

IU starters: Zavaleta up front, Matt McKain, Harrison Petts, Nikita Kotlov, Oliver and A.J. Corrado in midfield, Jacob Bushue, Patrick Doody, Caleb Konstanski and Kerel Bradford in the back, with Luis Soffner in goal.

There is a familiar name on the UIC coaching staff: assistant coach Aleksey Korol played on a pair of NCAA title teams at IU.

We’ll update the match here on the Scoop and I’ll be tweeting at

One comment

  1. Sounds like the Hoosiers need to relax and internalize that finishing is the conclusion of good play. It can not be forced. Relax and the goals come by themselves.

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