Men's Soccer

    IU Comeback Nets 2-1 Win Over SMU

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    Aug 30, 2013

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The top-ranked Indiana men's soccer team used a pair of unanswered scores from sophomore Femi Hollinger-Janzen and junior Patrick Doody to open the season with a 2-1 win over SMU on the opening night of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington.

    No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 9 UCLA played to a 0-0 double overtime tie in the first match.

    The IU attack looked strong in the early minutes, with freshman Tommy Thompson showing why he earned the start up top in his first official appearance in the Cream and Crimson. Less than five minutes in Thompson danced his way through a trio of SMU defenders to get off a shot that was saved by goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra.

    Despite the offensive efforts it was the Mustangs that would get on the board first with Alfred Koroma's goal in the 10th minute. The Hoosiers got caught napping on a long cross from Michael King to the far post, and Koroma's hard, low show to the lower right skipped past IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage.

    Less than three minutes later the Hoosiers nearly had the equalizer when senior midfielder Harrison Petts sent his wide-open header into the side netting.

    It was a tit-for-tat matchup for the rest of the first half until sub Femi Hollinger-Janzen tied things up with less than four minutes remaining. Senior right back Matt McKain nearly scored the equalizer on his own when he banged a shot off the cross bar. The rebound re-directed toward Hollinger-Janzen on the near post, and the sophomore headed the ball over a leaping Ibarra for his first goal of the season.

    The tied score line was matched in the statistical categories with both teams taking five shots in the first half and one corner kick each.

    Six minutes into the second half of play McKain crossed a ball into the front of the goalmouth where senior midfielder Jacob Bushue nearly got his head on it before Ibarra plucked it out of the air. In the 54th minute freshman defender Billy McConnell sent in a sharp header that was also saved by Ibarra.

    The Hoosiers continues to search for that game winner, with senior midfielder A.J. Corrado passing a ball on to Petts that was blasted over the cross bar. With less than 25 minutes to play, Doody took a shot on a run toward goal that sprayed high, and a minute later Corrado had an on-frame look that required Ibarra to make a leaping dive to his right to stop.

    It would be a free kick in the 72nd minute that proved to be the difference for IU. With Corrado and Petts standing on the ball at the top of the box 25 yards out, Corrado flicked a low roller to his right where an unmarked Doody ran onto the pass and tattooed a shot into the back of the net for his first career goal.

    Indiana finished the match with a 15-10 shot advantage, with five on goal and four for SMU. Soderlund finished with three saves in 90 minutes of action, and Doody led all Hoosiers with four shot attempts.

    Indiana is back in action on Sunday, Sept. 1 as it takes on No. 9 UCLA at 2 p.m. ET. The game is part of the Fill The Bill promotion as the Hoosiers look to set a new attendance record of more than 7,000 fans. The match will also be shown live on the Big Ten Network.




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