IU-Mexico soccer spring match

Indiana was outshot 15-1 in the second half and 19-6 for the game. Here are coach Todd Yeagley’s comments.

79th minute and 83rd minute: More Mexico. It’s been pretty much all Mexico in this second half. IU goalkeeper Colin Webb drawn out on the left side of the box and the ball is centered for Guillermo Ayala to crack the strong finish to make it 2-0. Then another just minutes later on a centering pass from the end line with Ivan Ochoa the finish. Mauro Leyva the assist on both goals. MEXICO 3, HOOSIERS 0

50th minute: Mexico draws first blood. Initial chance in the center of the box was blocked wide by an IU defender for a corner. Off the attempted corner clearance, Hoosiers called for a push in the back just inside the top of the 18 and a penalty kick awarded. Very similar to a play in the first half where ref ruled foul occurred outside the box. Regardless, Ivan Pineda converts the PK despite IU goalkeeper Colin Webb getting two hands on the ball, but it squirted through and into the goal. MEXICO 1, HOOSIERS 0

It’s a scoreless draw at the break with Mexico having more of the possession and Indiana more of the dangerous chances. Seems to Mexico has been a little too direct and impatient with the attack, not moving the IU defenders around enough, perhaps an overconfidence born of the having so much of the ball. Hoosiers have mustered several strong counter attacks, including a breakaway for Femi Hollinger-Janzen of a through ball from Tanner Thompson in the eighth minute that saw Femi’s bouncing shot hit the far post from the left side of the box and carom harmlessly away. Indiana holds a 5-4 edge in shots, while Mexico has the lone shot on goal. HOOSIERS 0, MEXICO 0

Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis is the site of the final spring exhibition for the Indiana men’s soccer team, playing its annual game against the Mexico U20 national team. Hoosiers remain without two projected starters next season in forward/attacking midfielder Andrew Oliver and defender Kerel Bradford. Both have been injured much of the spring. Updates here and more via Twitter.