Michigan at Indiana men’s soccer

FINAL: MICHIGAN 2, INDIANA 1. Potentially devastating loss regarding IU’s Big Ten title hopes, but the Hoosiers still host league leader Northwestern on Nov. 1, when head-to-head could still be decisive. Michigan played very aggressively from the get-go and notched its first round win of the season.

SECOND HALF:

A Ballard shot amidst a flurry saved off the crossbar by Grinwis at 9:10. Beginning to look like it just isn’t Indiana’s night, and Grinwis has been non-stop brilliant in the nets.

Zavaleta hits the post with a running 20-yard blast and Kotlov bodies the rebound in but is ruled offside. Apparently the linesman ruled that Kotlov was in an offside position when the rebound came to him at 13:04.

Great leaping one-handed touch save by UM’s Grinwis on a Nikita Kotlov chance in the box set up by nice work from freshman Richard Ballard at 27:51. Then at 22:30, Ballard was in the box and inadvertently blocked a blast by teammate Dylan Lax off a deflected corner. IU is pressing hard for the equalizer now, but no luck so far.

42:17: Michigan 2, Indiana 1: Michigan’s James Murphy puts his side ahead with a strong left-footer from 25 yards out that seemed to catch Luis Soffner flat-footed, beating him to the lower left. Michigan has played a very aggressive, attacking style from the start and is really putting it to IU here early in the second half, creating multiple chances.

HALFTIME: INDIANA 1, MICHIGAN 1. Michigan giving the No. 9-ranked Hoosiers all they want.IU has an edge in shots (9-6) and corners (3-0) and looked especially dangerous early, but UM got great play from keeper Adam Grinwis. And the Wolverines, just 4-7-1 on the season, had a lot of possession. Still, by pressing aggressively up into midfield, Michigan let IU mount several fast attacks into space and was fortunate more of those didn’t pay off. One of IU’s problems was a linesman with an itchy trigger finger, as his flag came up for more than one dubious offside call.

12:01 first half: Michigan 1, Indiana 1. Great, quick give-and-go from Fabio Pereira to Tyler Arnone equalizes for UM. Arnone’s shot from 20 yards straight out was superb, beating Luis Soffner to the lower right. Beautiful goal, and the first score Soffner has surrendered to a Big Ten foe.

18:58: Indiana 1, Michigan 0. Hoosier frosh Femi Hollinger-Janzen subs in and scores on his first touch of the match off an A.J. Corrado feed. He beat two Wolverine defenders to the ball just inside the 18 and then slipped a worm-burner under sliding keeper Adam Grinwis and inside the near post from 15 yards out.

Michigan sophomore keeper Adam Grinwis the man of the match so far. He has come off his line with acute aggressiveness, effectively, and has made superb saves in the box. IU has had at least four exceptionally dangerous shots brilliantly saved as we near the 20:00 mark of the first half.

PREGAME: Indiana’s No. 9-ranked and host Hoosiers hope to preserve a perfect Big Ten record (3-0) and a five-match unbeaten streak (4-0-1). And the IU women already got the evening off to a success start for the home side with a 2-0 win over Minnesota, despite getting out-shot 16-6. Michigan enters 4-7-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league play. Richard Ballard, a freshman midfielder from Louisville, will get his first career start tonight for the Hoosiers (10-2-2). As always, we’ll provide updates here and via Twitter at htograham.

2 comments

  1. Any answer to my conflict question about the IU NW game and IU exhibition game you said you would look into?

  2. Actually not devastating for their Big Ten Title Hopes as they will win the Big 10 title if they win out. What it does kill is their RPI and they pretty much need to win out for a top 8 seed and not go on the road in the 3rd round. Hopefully they learn a lesson as this was by far their worst performance of the season and they sole search and play well from now on.

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