Indiana men’s soccer exhibition at Indy Eleven


90:00: GOAL INDY ELEVEN: Indy Eleven 3, Indiana 1. The Eleven’s second goal in extra time tonight. This one came off a free kick and was delivered by Don Smart from 10 yards out.

IU’s defense has played solidly, but has been a bit unlucky. Both of the Eleven goals came off rebounds that went right to the boot of an Eleven player.

63:15: GOAL INDY ELEVEN. Indy Eleven 2, Indiana 1. Kleberson a 23-yarder off a rebound off his own blocked shot. Right-footed blast knuckles inside the post.

Indy Eleven, which caught a big break to score the equalizer in extra time before intermission, has the wind in the second half. And that matters. It’s sustained at 22 MPH and gusting to 30. Wind-chills here are in the 20s.


45:01: INDY ELEVEN GOAL. TIE 1-1. The Eleven equalized off a free kick in first-half extra time as Andrew Stone pounded home a point-blank rebound of a Kleberson free kick. The kick was awarded via a foul call, apparently on IU’s Richard Ballard, just beyond the ellipse of the 18. Hoosier keeper Colin Webb made a very fine, sprawling save of the free kick at the post, but had no chance to control the rebound, which fell right to Stone’s right foot.

38:18: INDIANA GOAL. INDIANA 1, INDY ELEVEN 0. Femi Hollinger-Janzen puts IU up 1-0 with a rebound header after Andrew Oliver hit the crossbar with a shot.

IU’s soccer men and the Indy Eleven still scoreless, but an Eleven header by Kleberson¬† was barely wide-right at 34:20.

9:01: The Eleven’s first shot comes hard off the left foot of Walter Ramirez but is saved at the near post by IU’s Colin Webb. A corner-kick ensued without result.

7:04: IU’s Kyle Sparks with a strong right-footer from the 18 at the first shot on goal, but well-saved by Eleven keeper Kristian Nicht.

The Hoosiers have the wind this half, so if would behoove them to make some hay before intermission.

PREGAME: Here at a frankly frigid Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus, home field of Indy Eleven, the new Indianapolis-based pro soccer club capping its exhibition season with tonight’s 7:30 kickoff against Indiana’s Hoosiers.

There is a definite IU flavor to Indy Eleven, which is coached by former Hoosier All-American goalie Juergen Sommer, the first American keeper ever to start in the UK’s Premier League. Former Hoosier players on the Indy Eleven roster include AJ. Corrado and Dylan Mares, who were playing for coach Todd Yeagley’s IU crew this past fall, Brad Ring, Mike Ambersley and Chris Estridge.

Yeagley will look to find some offense tonight after early departure to the pros of last fall’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Tommy Thompson.

Whichever team has the west wind, which is particularly brisk this evening, would seem to have an inherent advantage.

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