Brown at IU soccer

FINAL
Some sloppy moments in the second half for the Hoosiers, but they get the win they sorely needed courtesy of birthday boy Nikita Kotlov, who shares his birthday with IU coach Todd Yeagley. IU finishes with a 13-8 edge in shots and 6-5 edge in corner kicks. Soderlund with two saves. Indiana (3-3-1) hits the road to Butler next Wednesday and is back home again on Sept. 29 for the Big Ten opener against Ohio State. HOOSIERS 2, BEARS 1

SECOND HALF
73rd minute: Pair of goals less than a minute apart, with Brown equalizing off a header in front, but Nikita Kotlov has a header of his own off a free kick from A.J. Corrado to reclaim the lead. HOOSIERS 2, BEARS 1

70th minute: Indiana simply can’t put this one away and hasn’t done enough to do so in the second half, despite a few near misses. The best chance was a slip pass from Dylan Mares to Tommy Thompson in the box, and Thompson shot with the outside of his foot was pushed away by the keeper. Brown had had more possession and more chances to make life interesting for the Hoosiers so far. Nikita Kotlov came on a little bit ago for the first time, replacing Femi Hollinger-Janzen. HOOSIERS 1, BEARS 0

70th minute: Indiana simply can’t put this one away and hasn’t done enough to do so in the second half, despite a few near misses. The best chance was a slip pass from Dylan Mares to Tommy Thompson in the box, and Thompson shot with the outside of his foot was pushed away by the keeper. Brown had had more possession and more chances to make life interesting for the Hoosiers so far. Nikita Kotlov came on a little bit ago for the first time, replacing Femi Hollinger-Janzen. HOOSIERS 1, BEARS 0

HALFTIME
The final 10 minutes arguably the worst of the match for Indiana, which suddenly could not maintain possession and had some silly giveaways. But the Hoosiers were able to survive a number of Brown crosses. Overall, it’s sort of a familiar story, as Indiana mostly dominates the game, but the lead on the scoreboard is just one. Late in the half, Tommy Thompson got in on the right side of the box but looked to lay the ball off instead of shooting himself. Stats show Indiana with a 6-2 edge in shots, while Brown has a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Michael Soderlund has not yet had to make a save for IU, while Brown’s Josh Weiner has two saves, both early in the match. HOOSIERS 1, BEARS 0

FIRST HALF
27th minute: Tommy Thompson draws a foul just outside the top of the box left of center, and Dylan Mares pays it off with his first goal as a Hoosier, driving a shot to the far post that cleanly beat the keeper. Moments later, Mares had another golden chance off a back heel pass from Tanner Thompson, only to rocket the shot high — he could easily have a hat trick tonight. Indiana handling the Bears’ few chances via free kicks and corner kicks so far. HOOSIERS 1, BEARS 0

33:47: Injury time out as Brown forward Ben Maurey goes down and looks to be in significant pain as he’s helped to the locker room. Hoosiers’ ball movement has been solid early, though just two shots — one each for Dylan Mares and Femi Hollinger-Janzen — saved by the keeper. HOOSIERS 0, BEARS 0

PREGAME
Indiana (2-3-1) is back at Armstrong Stadium for the sixth time in the first seven games of the season, hosting Brown (1-2-1) on a soggy evening in front of sparse crowd. Hoosiers need to start putting some results together to flesh out the resume and get ready for the in-state tilts and Big Ten season ahead.

In lineup news, Kerel Bradford is back on the pitch after being injured last Friday night against Bakersfield. One notable change is Femi Hollinger-Janzen starting in place of Nikita Kotlov in the midfield. Updates here and via Twitter.