Butler at IU soccer

FINAL
Indiana looked at times like it would play add-on in the second half, but that third goal never came. Butler did create some danger, but the IU defense and goalkeeper Luis Soffner were up to the task, closing out a solid, if not particularly special, effort. HOOSIERS 2, BULLDOGS 0

SECOND HALF
37:32: Butler was strong out of the lockerroom, but once Indiana got its bearings, the Hoosiers began to pressure. It paid off after a corner kick was initially cleared, the ball was sent back wide to A.J. Corrado, who hit a lead pass for Jacob Bushue on the right side of the box. Bushue then centered the ball back to Nikita Kotlov, who took a thunderous crack and finished for the two-goal edge. HOOSIERS 2, BULLDOGS 0

HALFTIME
Indiana had a strong 10-minute period right after the goal, but other than that, not the best half of soccer for the Hoosiers. For the most part, Butler did a good job of limiting IU’s combination play in the offensive third and put excellent pressure on in the midfield and defensive third. Like most teams against Indiana, Butler’s best chance is going to be to score off a restart, throw-in or corner kick — and Indiana is going to have to do a better job of possessing in the second half to keep that from happening. Hoosiers have been very sharp in the second half of games this year, and it would behoove them to add a second or even third goal early on. Plus Butler is playing its third game in five days, so fatigue could be a factor. HOOSIERS 1, BULLDOGS 0

FIRST HALF
16:05: And just like that, a lackluster first half is turned completely around. Femi Hollinger-Janzen’s pressure forced Butler to hit the ball out of bounds, and Nikita Kotlov’s throw-in found Eriq Zavaleta rising above the crowd in the box for a header into the lower right corner. That’s No. 13 of the season for Zavaleta. HOOSIERS 1, BULLDOGS 0

19:17: Indiana has been largely outplayed so far in this opening frame. Butler has a 6-2 edge in shots and 3-0 in corner kicks, though each keeper has just one save. IU has had just one dangerous moment really, while Butler has had several, including a goal negated by an offsides call after a ball was loose in the box for several moments. HOOSIERS 0, BULLDOGS 0

PREGAME
The Indiana men’s soccer team, ranked No. 11 in today’s national coaches’ poll, hosts Butler tonight in the first of four home games in the final five outings of the regular season. The Hoosiers jump back into conference plays when they host Michigan Friday night. But for now IU will try to win this in-state matchup, which hasn’t been easy as of late. Eriq Zavaleta had the game-winner late in last year’s 1-0 Hoosier win, and the Bulldogs took the 2010 matchup, 4-1. Indiana won 1-0 in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after Butler won that regular-season matchup, 2-1, in overtime. Updates here and on Twitter.