St. Louis at IU soccer

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FINAL
Indiana can’t muster a lot of offense in the second half, but didn’t need to. Hoosiers improve to 6-1-3 and close this one out with a stout defense and better finishing kick. IU finishes with an 11-9 edge in shots, with four saves for goalkeeper Colin Webb, who was consistent and sure-handed despite the rough start. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 1

SECOND HALF
21:19: St. Louis pushing hard to try and get back in this game. Billikens have had most of the possession, but Indiana has had a few dangerous moments of its own and chances to extend the lead. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 1

HALFTIME
St. Louis, riding a five-game winning streak, hadn’t given up a goal in over 330 minutes before Indiana scored in the eighth minute. And once the Hoosiers grabbed momentum, they didn’t let go in a performance that has them holding a 9-5 advantage in shots, while corner kicks are 1 apiece. Billikens have also acrued a pair of yellow cards, but the physical play is not deterring the IU attack. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 1

FIRST HALF
6:24: After St. Louis had some sustained possession, Indiana counters and does so effectively. Femi Hollinger-Janzen had the ball in the center of the pitch and fed Vollmer, who took a crack from 25 yards that SLU keeper Sascha Otte could only get one hand on. The rebound came right to Tanner Thompson in the middle of the box, and he finished easily. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 1

22:46: Indiana takes the lead on a deft piece of work by Patrick Doody with the chip and Jamie Vollmer the one-touch re-direct with his right foot in front. HOOSIERS 2, BILLIKENS 1

37:01: St. Louis dominated the ball the first five or so minutes, but Indiana finally found the ball and an answer. Billy McConnell slips a pass to Matt Foldesy on the right side of the box, and Foldesy didn’t hesitate in ripping a shot low under the keeper. It is the Akron transfer’s first goal as a Hoosier. BILLIKENS 1, HOOSIERS 1

44:46: Indiana kicked off but didn’t have the ball for long, and neither did St. Louis. Leading scorer Robert Kristo ran onto a bouncing ball and took a chance from 35-plus yards out with a shot that caught IU goalkeeper Colin Webb too far off his line and looped just under the crossbar. BILLIKENS 1, HOOSIERS 0

PREGAME
As non-conference games go, this matchup with No. 8 St. Louis stands to loom large on the resume of No. 16 Indiana, as will next week’s visit to No. 6 Louisville. The Billikens (7-1) have wins over Louisville and then-No. 3 Creighton to their credit, with the lone loss a 4-0 decision to Memphis. The Hoosiers (5-1-3) have two ties, a win and a loss in their past four games, coming in at No. 11 in the initial NCAA RPI ratings. St. Louis is No. 6 in the RPI. No changes in the IU starting lineup. Updates here and via Twitter.