Xavier at IU soccer

FINAL
Xavier (15-5-2) had just one shot in the second half, and that was the penalty kick. It was enough, however, to end Indiana’s season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hoosiers (12-5-5) finish with 14-5 edge in shots, 7-3 in shots on goal and 6-3 in corner kicks. IU was just 1-3-2 in the final six games of the year. MUSKETEERS 2, HOOSIERS 1

SECOND HALF
16:27: Failure to clear by Indiana defense sprung Xavier’s Matt Vasquenza, who had his legs taken out as he raced into the box by IU GK Colin Webb, resulting in a penalty kick. Musketeers’ Will Walker does what Tanner Thompson could not in the first half, burying his shot into the left side of net. MUSKETEERS 2, HOOSIERS 1

HALFTIME
It was a half of missed opportunities, particularly for Indiana. A handball in the box in the eighth minute awarded Indiana a penalty kick, but Tanner Thompson’s low strike hit the left post and caromed away while the goalkeeper had guessed the other direction. Another chance came IU’s way in the 17th minute as Patrick Doody got to the end line and centered one for Femi Hollinger-Janzen inside the six, but his one-timer was slotted just wide left of the post.

Instead, Xavier drew first blood in the 29th minute as Matt Vasquenza ran onto a flicked header from a goal kick and fired a shot from the left side of the box that beat GK Colin Webb to the far post for a 1-0 lead. The Musketeers nearly had a second off a corner kick that fell right in front of the goal, but Webb went down to help block a shot and the ball was cleared off the line.

Indiana equalized in the 34th minute, as Jamie Vollmer got the right end line and lofted a cross to the back post where 6-foot-4 center back Grant Lillard headed it down and in.

Hoosiers held an 8-4 edge in shots, 3-2 in shots on goal and 4-1 in corner kicks. HOOSIERS 1, MUSKETEERS 1

2 comments

  1. brutal game conditions. negated any type of actual game planning. no chance for technique or precision… only luck. And IU got truly unlucky on the play leading up to the PK.

    Must be incredibly frustrating for IU team who was clearly superior.

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