SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
A Zips goal in the 19th minute was the only scoring of the night as the Indiana men's soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season with a 1-0 loss to the Akron Zips (3-0-1) Friday night at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend.
The Hoosiers drop to 3-1-1 on the season.
Indiana went at the Akron back line early, with a shot from Matt McKain blocked and another attempt from Femi Hollinger-Janzen sailing just high.
Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner tallied his first save of the night, cutting off the angle on a shot from Thomas Schmitt from close range.
Akron took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute on a goal from Eric Stevenson. Stevenson's shot skipped through the box to the far post and Patrick Doody, who was covering the area, was unable to get a foot on it. The ball clinked off the right post and dribbled in.
Indiana did not do a good job of maintaining possession in the first half, with errant passes landing right at the feet of Akron players.
Soffner was tested again with under five minutes to play in the first stanza as he made a diving stop to his right on a shot from DeAndre Yedlin. Just over a minute later, Nikita Kotlov fired off a shot that bounced off the right post, setting up the first corner kick of the afternoon for the Hoosiers. Harrison Petts' ball made it into the mixer, but Eriq Zavaleta's header was off the mark.
The Zips made their way down field and earned a corner kick a minute into the second half, but Corrado's ball into the box was cleared out by the Zips.
Zavaleta had a shot that tested UA goalkeeper David Meves but the veteran came up with the save. Meves picked the ensuing corner kick from Corrado out of the air.
Zavaleta had another point-blank shot in front of the Akron goal in the 59th minute but Meves was in the right spot to make a diving stop. With 29 minutes to play, Andrew Oliver
sent in a shot that was batted down by Meves.
With under 20 minutes to play, the Hoosiers were awarded a free kick just outside the top of the 18-yard box. Corrado took the shot, sending his attempt into the side netting.
In the 80th minute, Kyle Sparks made a run through a pair of defenders, receiving a pass from McKain. Sparks' shot was blocked by the Zips, setting up the fifth corner kick of the night for IU. Petts' lob into the box was corralled by Meves.
With two minutes to play, Sparks was taken down by Akron's Dillon Serna on a breakaway. Serna was shown a yellow card, and the Hoosiers were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Zavaleta's shot was blocked, and the resulting corner kick was cleared out of danger.
Akron finished with a 15-11 shot advantage, with the Zips getting eight on-goal looks to the Hoosiers' four. Indiana had seven corner kicks to the Zips' nine.
Soffner had a season-high seven saves in the match, while Hollinger-Janzen made his first start of the year in the midfield. Zavaleta played all 90 minutes with a team-best three shots, two of which were on goal.
Indiana is back in action Sunday as it faces Oregon State at 11:30 a.m. ET.