Northwestern at IU soccer

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Disappointing tie for Indiana, while Northwestern salvages a point. The contrast in mindsets was evident in overtime, as IU goalkeeper Colin Webb hustled to get off goal kicks and initiate offense, while Northwestern keeper Tyler Miller was contest to waste time and took nearly 20 seconds off the clock with a minute left in OT to preserve the result. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 1

1:02: Indiana spent far too much time, as in all of it, defending in the last 10 minutes. Northwestern finally cashed in as Colin Webb pushed a shot off the crossbar, but it caromed back in front and was headed home by Brandon Medina for the equalizer. We’re headed to overtime. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 1

17:32: Ref finally ran out of patience with Northwestern’s aggressive ways and whistled a foul for grabbing Grant Lillard in the box, That set up Tanner Thompson, who placed the penalty kick lower left as the keeper dove right. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 0

18:20: Northwestern has turned up the intensity on offense this half, though it’s exposed them in the back a few times. Still, neither side can convert. Wildcat’s Joey Calistri forces the first Colin Webb save of the day in the 68th minute with a look from 15 yards out in the center of the box. Indiana had several counters that produced danger, and a takedown of Andrew Oliver in the box on a risky tackle that the referee deemed acceptable. Hoosiers’ best chance just moments ago on a Jack Griffith blast from the top of the box that was headed to the top right corner before Tyler Miller made a leaping save to push it wide. HOOSIERS 0, WILDCATS 0

Indiana just unable to dent the scoreboard so far, and really, other than the disallowed goal, nothing worthy of doing so. But the Hoosiers do lead 9-3 in shots and 2-1 in corner kicks. Northwestern contest to generate most of its offense off restarts, while goakeeper Tyler Miller, who has extended his streak to 357 minutes without allowing a goal. HOOSIERS 0, WILDCATS 0

19:09: As expected, both defenses standing strong. Indiana has been the more dangerous of the two sides with a 6-1 edge in shots, including a rebound goal by Andrew Oliver wiped away when the linesman ruled Oliver came from an offside position to score. HOOSIERS 0, WILDCATS 0

No. 17 Indiana (5-1-2, 1-1 Big Ten) hosts Northwestern (4-1-3, 0-1-1) at Armstrong Stadium this afternoon in a key conference matchup. Unbeaten Penn State, which handed IU its lone loss, sits atop the Big Ten standings, and IU wants to position itself to take advantage should the Nittany Lions slip. This game also precedes one of the toughest stretches of the season for the Hoosiers, who face No. 10 St. Louis, No. 9 Louisville, Ohio State, Maryland and No. 3 Notre Dame over the next three weeks. Updates here and via Twitter.

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  1. Jon Blau said in HT that Maryland proved they belong in B1G!!…huh…say what?….just because they beat IU….lol….got to be kidding…everybody beats IU 🙂

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