Hoosiers Fall 2-1 to Mexico in International Friendly
April 29, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers got an early goal from Joe Tolen, but second half scores from the U-20 Mexican National Team gave the squad a 2-1 win over Indiana Sunday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
The match wrapped up Indiana's spring schedule, with the Hoosiers finishing at 3-2-1.
"We took a lot from that game," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "We defended more than we normally would need to. Where I was pleased offensively was we were dangerous throughout the game. Our goal-scoring opportunities were as good (as Mexico's)."
Just second into the game freshman Eriq Zavaleta, who was back to playing at forward for IU in this match, broke free for a 1-on-1 chance against Mexican goalkeeper Manuel Lajud but had his shot blocked.
It was another breakaway from Zavaleta in the 20th minute that set up the Hoosiers goal picked the ball off just past midfield and made his way toward the net, before laying off the ball to Tolen on his right as the defense converged. Tolen took his shot from about six yards out to give the Hoosiers the lead.
"I was working hard to get in good spots where I could pick off passes and in that instance I was in a good spot," Zavaleta said. "It bounced perfectly to me and I took it to my left when I saw I drew three guys, and then I saw Joe had made a run down the right side. I waited until the last second and then played it when all three guys collapsed."
A pair of chances from Harrison Petts nearly added two more first-have scores for IU, with the first coming on a bicycle kick in the 33rd minute that was saved by Lajud. Just over two minutes later, Petts lost his defender in the right corner and drew Lajud out of position, giving him an open net look that rolled wide left of the far post.
Mexico held a 7-6 advantage in shot attempts at the halftime break, with each team taking a corner kick.
Indiana came out firing at the start of the second half, as Zavaleta took a shot 30 seconds in the required a point-blank save from Lajud. Mexico made several key substitutions in the second half, with offensive powers Julio Gomez and Alfonso Gonzalez seeing their first action of the match.
IU goalkeeper Luis Soffner was busy between the pipes with eight saves, including the stop of a header from Guillermo Madrigal just a few feet from the net. It was Madrigal who tied the match in the 67th minute on a shot from nine yards out. Uvaldo Luna played the ball into the box, where a dummy from Giovanni Hernandez broke Madrigal free for the shot.
The game winner in the 82nd minute came off the foot of Gonzalez when he blasted a shot from 10 yards out. Mexico finished the match with a 16-10 shot advantage, while Indiana led in the corner kick category, 3-2.
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