No. 10 Indiana Falls to No. 3 SMU
Sept. 8, 2006
DALLAS, Texas - In a hard fought, physical contest No. 3 SMU defeated No. 10 Indiana 1-0 on Saturday night in the SMU Mi Cocina Classic.
"We lost to a talented SMU team," said head coach Mike Freitag. "We just came up short. We'll go back to the drawing board and see if we can't come up with a win against Tulsa."
In the first half, the Mustangs (5-0-0) out-shot the Hoosiers (2-2-1) 6-4. SMU's Ben Shuleva placed a shot that hit just off the post in the 19th minute of play. The Indiana defense, as well as goalie Chay Cain, looked strong early on, keeping SMU off the board.
For the Hoosiers, sophomore John Mellencamp had two shots in the waning minutes that were just wide.
In the second half, the Hoosiers stepped up their offensive pressure. Their best chance to score came in the 69th minute, as senior John Michael Hayden sent a corner kick into the box to freshman Eric Alexander. Alexander headed it toward the net, where it was stopped by SMU goalie Matt Wideman with a jumping save that sent the ball back over the top of the net.
SMU broke through in the 76th minute, as Scott Geppert passed downfield to Dairo Saintus, who broke away from two IU defenders and send a kick past Cain.
In the final ten minutes, the Indiana made several efforts to score. In the 82nd minute, senior Josh Tudela took a shot that was saved by Wideman, while seconds later, sophomore Brad Ring's shot went wide of the goal.
Neither team appeared to gain a clear advantage in the game, with the two teams recording 12 shots each. Sophomore Brad Ring had three shots for Indiana, while SMU was led by Paulo da Silva with four shots.
Indiana held a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks. Cain made one save in goal, while Wideman had three for the Mustangs.
The Hoosiers will look to rebound against Tulsa on Saturday at 5 p.m. (6 p.m. EST).
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