St. Louis at IU soccer game update #iums

Indiana scores five goals in a game for the first time since netting six against Dayton on Sept. 4, 2011, in a dominating performance that the Hoosiers hope will signal an offensive renaissance here late in the season. IU with just a 13-6 edge in shot attempts, but the Hoosiers were as efficient as they’ve been all year. Next up is Michigan State at 1 o’clock Sunday in the regular-season finale at Armstrong Stadium. HOOSIERS 5, BILLIKENS 0

62nd minute: It’s goal-palooza for the Hoosiers, as Trevor Swartz’s free kick from the right flank finds the head of Andrew Gutman back post for the sophomore defender’s first goal of the season. HOOSIERS 5, BILLIKENS 0

The offensive explosion continued just over two minutes before halftime, as Tanner Thompson completed the hat trick with a slalom run down the middle of the field, cut out right and then ripped a shot past the keeper at the near post. Indiana finishes with a 10-3 edge in shots, 4-0 in shots on goal. The hat trick is the first by a Hoosier since Nikita Kotlov pulled off the feat against Xavier in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 18, 2012. Prior to that, Will Bruin had a hat trick vs. UCLA on Sept. 5, 2010.HOOSIERS 4, BILLIKENS 0

36th minute: Another St. Louis native gets involved as freshman A.J. Palazzolo gets to the end line and centers one for Tanner Thompson, who finishes for his second goal of the match. HOOSIERS 3, BILLIKENS 0

34th minute: Billy McConnell knocks down a cross at the back post to the feet of Timmy Mehl, who drops a pass to Austin Panchot a step inside the box and the St. Louis native finishes to the far post. HOOSIERS 2, BILLIKENS 0

22nd minute: Indiana breaks on top as Grant Lillard sends a ball forward that skips off the head of a SLU defender and sets up a footrace won by Tanner Thompson, who touches the ball past the keeper for his fifth goal of the season. HOOSIERS 1, BILLIKENS 0

No. 10 Indiana (8-1-6) returns home from a three-game road trip to host St. Louis (7-4-3) tonight at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are unbeaten at home this season at 4-0-3 and face the Billikens and Michigan State on Sunday to try and maintain the unblemished mark. Notable changes in the lineup since IU was last at home include goalkeeper Christian Lomeli and defender Timmy Mehl making their second straight starts in place of Colin Webb and Derek Creviston, respectively. Scoring updates here and more via Twitter.