IU soccer at Butler

FINAL
104th minute: It’s hard to call Indiana anything but snakebite now. Butler gets one good chance, a cross from the end line to the head of David Goldsmith for the winner. IU now 0-4-1 in overtime. BULLDOGS 3, HOOSIERS 2

END OF FIRST OVERTIME
Tommy Thompson the lone significant chance in the first 10 minutes when his blast from the top of the box to the lower left corner was pushed wide by the Butler keeper less than two minutes into the extra session. HOOSIERS 2, BULLDOGS 2

END OF REGULATION
Indiana might have won this one with three or four goals, but they didn’t convert, and Butler scores two goals two minutes apart in the final four minutes to tie things up. The first came on a chip over the top that Jordan Burt settled and beat IU keeper Michael Soderlund to make it 2-1 with 3:43 left. Then Vincent Mitchell sent a ball in from the right wing that David Goldsmith headed into the left corner of the goal to equalize with 1:56 left. Bitter pill for Indiana to swallow after a largely dominating second half. HOOSIERS 2, BULLDOGS 2

SECOND HALF
62nd minute: A bit of a gift for Indiana, as Tommy Thompson makes a solo run into the right side of the box and lashes a shot that slips through the fingers and legs of the Butler keeper, rolling gently into the goal. HOOSIERS 2, BULLDOGS 0

53rd minute: Indiana comes out of the locker room strong and pays it off just over five minutes in. Tommy Thompson was sprung behind the defense on the right side off a quick throw-in, then held up as he approached the keeper and slipped a pass to the middle that Femi Hollinger-Janzen cleanly finished for the lead. HOOSIERS 1, BULLDOGS 0

HALFTIME
Best chance for either side came with just over eight minutes remaining, when Butler’s Vincent Mitchell took the ball on the left wing, cut inside and hit a laser over and through traffic that cracked off the cross and back into the field of play, and Indiana cleared. Hoosiers have been better putting the ball in dangerous positions, but both shots on goal by Tommy Thompson have been struck hurriedly and weakly. Team finish tied at four shots apiece overall, but Butler’s were the better, and the Bulldogs hold a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Worth noting that freshman Billy McConnell came on for Kerel Bradford midway through the half and played wide at right back, with Matt McKain moving inside with Dylan Lax. HOOSIERS O, BULLDOGS 0

FIRST HALF
30th minute: It took some time for Indiana to get a foothold in this game, and Butler accrued some dangerous moments early. Bulldogs have frequently gone over the top down the middle of the field in this game, leaving an IU defender one-v-one with a forward. Butler has had a couple shots blocked, one hit wide, but the defense doing just enough. Offense has been better after the first 20 minutes, more possession and more danger both. Tommy Thompson was taken down in the box along the end line with no call and hit the Hoosiers’ first shot in the 23rd minute, a weak roller at that. Big crowd estimated around 4,000-plus here. HOOSIERS O, BULLDOGS 0

PREGAME
On the road with Indiana men’s soccer tonight, as the Hoosiers visit the Butler Bowl for a matchup with the No. 23 Bulldogs. Butler has a win over Louisville in its back pocket already this season, and its only loss was to Northwestern. The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-0 win over Brown on Sunday, two days after IU nipped Brown, 2-1.

So that makes for the unusual situation where Butler (5-1-1) is a bit of a favorite against Indiana (3-3-1). The Hoosiers are unbeaten in their last three games though and looking to improve the resume with some quality wins. They’ll get their chance with Big Ten play starting Sunday against Ohio State and upcoming games against Notre Dame and Louisville, in addition to this test with Butler.

Regular starting lineup for the Hoosiers, as Nikita Kotlov returns to the lineup after an injury had him coming off the bench against Brown. Updates to follow here and via Twitter.