Hoosiers Fall 3-1 to Indy Eleven
April 4, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - An early goal from Femi Hollinger-Janzen gave the Indiana men's soccer team a 1-0 lead but it was not enough as the North American Soccer League's Indy Eleven posted a 3-1 win Friday night in front of a crowd of 4,711 at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis.
The friendly between the Hoosiers and professional soccer side kicked off Indiana's spring season.
Hollinger-Janzen gave IU a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. Andrew Oliver took the initial shot as Kristian Nicht came off his line. The shot bounced off the crossbar and back into the field of play, where an on-rushing Hollinger-Janzen headed it into the open net.
Indy Eleven got on the scoreboard in stoppage time at the end of the first half, benefiting from a called foul just outside the 18. Kleberson took the free kick, and goalkeeper Colin Webb got his hand on it but the ball spun back into the field of play where Andrew Stone knocked it home to tie things up.
Early in the first half Webb came up with a big save in the 21st minute as he body-blocked a close-range shot from Chris Estridge. Most of the first 30 minutes of play was contained between the 18s.
Indy Eleven took a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute with a shot from Kleberson from about 25 yards out. Kleberson took the initial shot that rebounded off a defender right back to him where he set up his attempt from distance.
Hollinger-Janzen had his 1v1 shot with Nicht saved in the 71st minute. Webb came up with a big 1v1 save on a shot from Ben Spencer in the 85th minute. The Eleven tacked on a third goal in stoppage time with a shot from Don Smart.
Indy Eleven finished with a 17-11 advantage in shot attempts, with 11 of its shots on goal. The Hoosiers finished with seven on-goal looks.
The Hoosiers return to spring action next Saturday, April 12 as they travel to Ft. Wayne for their annual matchup with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. Game time is 2 p.m. ET at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.
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