Late PK lifts IU soccer in opener, 1-0

SOUTH BEND — It was a last-minute victory for the Indiana men’s soccer team in Friday’s season opener, quite literally.

Junior midfielder Tanner Thompson’s penalty kick with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the No. 15 Hoosiers to a 1-0 win over New Mexico in the first match of the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Alumni Stadium.

With the victory, IU remains unbeaten in its last six openers and is 9-1-5 in openers since 2002, although this was the first time the Hoosiers have opened on the road since 2012.

“I thought New Mexico was a very excellent and mature team,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said. “Our rhythm and attacking wasn’t great today, but I thought we battled and adjusted. I know offensively we will perform much better moving forward. But we got another zero (defensively), and it was great to get Tanner on the score sheet — I think that’s important early in the season. I think New Mexico is going to be a very good tournament team, so this win will go far for us.”

Senior goalkeeper Colin Webb made sure that one goal was all the Hoosiers would need, making four saves for the 21st shutout of his career.