Hoosier Dominate, Settle for 0-0 Tie with SDSU
Sept. 2, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The stat line shows a game of frustration for the Indiana attack with 29 shots and 19 corner kicks, but no goals to show for it in a 0-0 double overtime tie with San Diego State Sunday afternoon on the final day of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.
The Hoosiers are now 3-0-1 on the season, while San Diego State moves to 0-1-1. Indiana has posted three-straight shutouts and has not allowed a goal over the last 358:25 minutes of play.
"The draw was disappointing considering how we played and generating the amount of shots and corners we did against a good San Diego State team," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "The positive is there were a lot of good performances from different players. Creating that many chances, the second ball and our spacing in the box could have been better."
Playing in a downpour that had been going steady all day, Indiana jumped on the Aztecs early as freshman Andrew Oliver unfurled a shot on a breakaway that was saved by SDSU goalkeeper Blake Hylen.
IU goalkeeper Luis Soffner picked up his first of four saves on the afternoon in the 11th minute when he stopped an angled attempt from Blake Wise on a routine play. In the 23rd minute, junior Nikita Kotlov took a shot that went wide but lingered near the goal line thanks to a soggy pitch. Junior Harrison Petts pounced on the ball but Hylen stopped his shot.
Less than two minutes later sophomore Eriq Zavaleta put up one of his game-high six shots with a header into the arms of Hylen. Five of Zavaleta's six attempts of the day were on frame, while Hylen finished the match with 11 saves.
The Hoosiers continued to pelt the SDSU net with attempts from junior A.J. Corrado and senior Caleb Konstanski, but could not break through. With less than five minutes to play in the first half, freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen found himself open on the left post on a ball from freshman Kyle Sparks, but his shot tailed wide.
Indian had a 12-5 shot advantage at the halftime break and had seven corner kicks to just one for the Aztecs.
Kody Duff got off a shot less than two minutes into the second half of play, but Soffner was there to pick it off for one of his four saves on the afternoon. With 32:23 to go Petts took a chance from distance and while he had the power behind his attempt, the angle was off as it went wide right.
After an injury to Hylen that forced him out of the game in the 62nd minute, the Hoosiers continued their attack with five of their 19 corner kicks in a three-minute period. In the 70th minute, Hollinger-Janzen sprung free for a one-on-one look against new goalkeeper Tim Peitsch, but Peitsch was up to the task with a fingertip save that kept the match scoreless.
On the ensuing corner kick, Kotlov sent in a header that bounced off the cross bar. Just over a minute later, Zavaleta had a header cleared off the line by San Diego State's Robbie Freise.
Indiana's dominance of possession showed on the stat sheet as they allowed just one San Diego State shot attempt over the final 30 minutes of regulation. The Hoosiers headed to the first overtime period with 25 shots to nine from SDSU.
The lone shot attempt of the first overtime period came from junior Matt McKain with an attempt that went wide left. In the 102nd minute, junior A.J. Corrado created a turnover that he played to Zavaleta but Hylen, who had return in goal in the 79th minute, went down to his right to stop the shot.
Indiana also had a golden opportunity at 106:04 when less than 20 seconds after coming into the match, Oliver got behind the defense for an open shot but sent it high. In the final three seconds of the match, Zavaleta tried to chip a ball over Hylen but the 6-3 goalkeeper got his hand on the ball for the save.
The Hoosiers are back in action next weekend as they travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Mike BerticellI Memorial Tournament, hosted by Notre Dame. The Hoosiers will face seventh-ranked Akron on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. ET and Oregon State on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
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