March 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -
The Indiana men's soccer team opened its 2012 spring schedule with a 3-2 win over Saint Louis University Saturday night at Glenwood High School Soccer Stadium in Springfield, Ill.
The match served as a benefit for Kailey's Krew, a nonprofit organization founded by family and friends in memory of Kailey Wilmarth. Kailey is the sister of former Hoosier soccer player Neil Wilmarth. In September of 2010, Wilmarth, then a seventh grader at Glenwood Middle School, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She lost her battle with the disease in May 2011.
Goals from A.J. Corrado, Kyle Sparks and Caleb Konstanski were the difference makers for Indiana.
The spring gives the coaches a chance to look at players in different positions and with the graduation of starters Tommy Meyer, Chris Estridge and Alec Purdie, the Hoosiers had a new look on the field.
Veteran Luis Soffner got the start in goal, Jamie Vollmer started at left back, and Konstanski paired with Eriq Zavaleta in the middle. Matt McKain stayed in his right back position. Jacob Bushue and Kerel Bradford were in the midfield, behind Joe Tolen. Corrado, Nikita Kotlov and Harrison Petts went left to right up top.
Corrado got the scoring started in the fourth minute with the assist from Kotlov. After a goal from the Billikens in the 24th minute, Sparks put Indiana ahead 2-1, assisted by Corrado. Saint Louis again knotted the score at 2-2 in the 78th minute, but the Hoosiers immediately responded with the game-winning goal from Konstanski in the 79th minute. Zavaleta and Petts picked up assists on the play.
Sparks and Tim Wylie were first-half subs for the Hoosiers, with Michael Soderlund getting the start in goal in the second half. Sparks, Wylie and Dylan Lax also saw second-half action.
Indiana finished with 11 shots, six of which were on frame. The Billikens got off four shots, three of which were on goal. Both teams finished with six corner kicks, while IU had one save to three for SLU.
Indiana is back in action on Sunday, April 1, as it plays host to the Bradley Braves at 3 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.