Notre Dame at IU soccer

FINAL
Notre Dame picked up the intensity and effort in the final 45 minutes, but Indiana was well up to the challenge and actually surged in the final 10 minutes rather than wilting. Hoosiers post a 21-9 edge in shots, 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Colin Webb with three saves. This one will standout on the resume when tournament times comes. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0

HALFTIME
Arguably the best half of the season against such a top-flight opponent for Indiana, which has dominated possession and the statistics. Hoosiers lead 10-1 in shots, 4-1 in corner kicks. Colin Webb made the one save he needed to midway through the half. Otherwise, IU with a complete reversal from Sunday’s loss to Maryland, when the Terps dictated the game and applied the pressure. In this one, it’s Indiana pressuring and dominating the midfield, particularly via the play of Dylan Lax. Biggest threat for Irish is the counter attack, but even those moments have been sparse to this point. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0

FIRST HALF
19th’: Indiana dominates the possession early, though had little true danger to show. But on the third corner kick of the night, Patrick Doody takes the left-footed corner kick, an inswinger that goes untouched across the goalmouth, caroming off the back post and in for the goal, his third of the season. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0

PREGAME
Indiana hosts a No. 1 team for the first time since 2007, as top-ranked Notre Dame visits Armstrong Stadium tonight. The No. 8 Hoosiers are looking to bounce back from a loss to Maryland Sunday, while the Irish carry a three-game win streak into the match. IU is fourth in the RPI ratings, Notre Dame fifth. Kerel Bradford will start for Billy McConnell at right back for the second straight game, while Notre Dame is missing senior defender Patrick O’Malley from its starting lineup. Updates to follow here and more frequently on Twitter.

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