April 13, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Goals from junior Joe Tolen and sophomore A.J. Corrado gave the Indiana men's soccer team all the scoring it needed in a 2-0 victory over NAIA power Lindsey Wilson College Friday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
The Hoosiers improve to 2-1-1 on the spring season.
"We played a good team tonight," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "Individually they have some attackers that are as good as we will see next fall. I was pleased we kept them scoreless and limited their chances.
"Offensively we were a bit out of sync. We got better as the game went on and scored the goals we needed to get a result. We could have managed the game a bit better in holding the ball in our attacking half.
"But all things said, where we have not been as strong this spring, although through some experimentation, our defending tonight as a group and individually was pretty good to hold this team to zeros."
After an uneventful scoreless first half, where IU took the only shot in 45 minutes of play, the Hoosiers jumped on the Blue Raiders quickly with Tolen's goal in the 53rd minute. Sophomore defender Matt McKain set up the play, playing the ball to the end line before setting up a centering pass to Tolen. Tolen met the ball in the middle of the 18-yard box, where he struck it to the back of the net, past LWC goalkeeper Yuta Nomura. Tolen finished with two shots on the night, both of which were on frame.
The Hoosiers added an insurance goal in the 78th minute when Corrado took advantage of a miscue by Nomura. Coming outside his box, Nomura tried to beat Corrado to a ball, but his clearance attempt fell to Corrado, who raced toward the open net for the easy goal.
Indiana finished with nine shots, six of which were on frame. Corrado led the way with three, while junior Tim Wylie also had two on-goal looks. Junior Luis Soffner and freshman Michael Soderlund split time in the net, with Soffner playing the first half and Soderlund the second half.
Indiana is back in action on Saturday, April 21 as it travels to Fort Wayne to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the National Soccer Festival. The 6:30 p.m. match will take place at Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps minor league baseball team.