BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta continued his scoring tear with a pair of goals, and redshirt freshman Kyle Sparks netted the first of his career in a 3-0 Hoosier win over Clemson Friday night at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
"I am real pleased tonight with the 4-0 win," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "Performance-wise, not the first half we were looking for. We made changes at the half and once we started to get our rhythm and spacing back we started to show what we are capable of doing."
Both team barely had time to find their footing before the Hoosiers jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the match. The goal from Zavaleta, his fourth of the season, all started with a shot from junior Nikita Kotlov that was cleared off the line by Clemson goalkeeper Cody Mizell.
On the ensuing throw-in, Kotlov chucked the ball into the box where Zavaleta got his head on the end of it for a 1-0 lead at 1:40.
A fast-paced first 15 minutes of the match saw Zavaleta send another header off the crossbar in the sixth minute, and a shot from Clemson's Austin Savage was cleared off the line by IU goalkeeper Luis Soffner in the 13th minute.
Clemson had a 6-4 shot advantage at the halftime break, with two of those six shots on frame.
Five minutes into the second half and the Hoosiers holding a 1-0 lead, junior Jacob Bushue sent in a ball over the top that Zavaleta headed just wide. Indiana continued to pressure for the second goal, but it would not come until the 72nd minute thanks to a trio of players who came in off the bench.
After coming on at left back, sophomore Drew Schall played a ball over the top that freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen was able to run down. Taking the shot from a tight angle along the end line, Hollinger-Janzen had his shot saved by Mizell, but the rebound immediately spilled to Sparks who slammed the back of the net from five yards out for his first career goal.
The game took a somber turn with 16:32 to play as a collision between IU's Dylan Lax and Clemson's Ian Smith resulted in a serious leg injury for Smith. Smith was taken to a local hospital to have his injury evaluated, while Lax was initially shown a yellow card on the play, which then changed to red. Lax will miss Sunday's match vs. San Diego State.
Down to 10 men, the Hoosiers came back to get goal number three of the night, which was also goal number two of the match for Zavaleta. Kotlov was again in on the play, sending in a shot that dinged off the crossbar. Zavaleta was there for the rebound, looping it over Mizell's head.
Indiana finished the match with a 14-9 shot advantage, with five of those shots on frame. Zavaleta led all attackers with five shots, along with four from Kotlov and two each off the feet of Hollinger-Janzen and Sparks.
The Hoosiers continue tournament play Sunday at 2 p.m. as they face the San Diego State Aztecs. In the first match of the evening on Friday, Notre Dame defeated the Aztecs by a 3-2 score.
Sunday's IU match will be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com.