April 1, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Three early goals from the Bradley Braves were too much for the Indiana men's soccer team to overcome in a 5-3 loss Sunday afternoon in a spring exhibition match on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
Indiana is now 1-1 this spring. The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, April 6 against Butler.
"I am disappointed today with giving up five goals," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "Yet in their box-to-box performance there were some very good things. We weren't as sharp as we needed to be, but we created the chances we needed to get the result.
"Obviously we are experimenting and using some different players in different spots and at times we showed a lack of focus and awareness in key moments of the game and in key parts of the field. Part of that is we haven't worked on the defensive side of the ball as much as we need to. That will be a focal point in this next phase of the spring.
"This spring is about a time to evaluate performance and figure out where this group needs to be in the fall. We are seeing some things that need to be addressed and that is why we play these games."
Looking at the box score, you would have thought it was Indiana that came away with the win. The Hoosiers finished with a 23-10 shot advantage, 11 of which were on frame. Indiana took 10 corner kicks, compared to none for Bradley. Braves goalkeeper Brian Billings was a difference maker in the game, coming up with eight saves.
Bradley took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when Alexi Davies-Campbell headed home a cross from Ross Williams. It was 2-0 Braves in the 19th minute as Davies Campbell set up the score with a low cross to the top of the 18, where Jochen Graf put home his first of three goals on the afternoon.
Graf made it 3-0 in the 20th minute, losing his marker and taking a shot from 10 yards out. The Hoosiers picked up their game in the final 25 minutes of the half and got a goal back in the 33rd minute. Defender Caleb Konstanski tallied his second goal of the spring, shooting home a ball that came bouncing in off a free kick from A.J. Corrado.
Corrado was active for the Hoosiers in the midfield, finishing with five shots and a pair of assists.
Graf came out of the halftime break to put home his third goal in the 48th minute. Graf took a shot, which was saved by IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund, but the rebound made its way to Graf who slotted the ball home.
Freshman Soderlund earned his first start of the spring season, playing all 90 minutes with five goals allowed and a pair of saves.
Aris Zafeiratos scored the second Indiana goal of the afternoon, taking a pass from Corrado and chipping the goalkeeper in the 73rd minute. Chris Olivera added an insurance goal for Bradley in the 85th minute as Williams played a ball into the box, which was headed home by Olivera.
The Hoosiers fought to the end as Nikita Kotlov tallied the Hoosiers' third goal with just four seconds left in the game.
In addition to Corrado, Kotlov finished with five shots, three of which were on goal. Joe Tolen had three shot attempts off the bench, while Konstanski and Jacob Bushue had two shots each.