Men's Soccer Scores 4-1 Win Over Bakersfield
Sept. 13, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's soccer team put up four unanswered goals to snap a three-game skid with a 4-1 win over Bakersfield Friday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
With the win IU improves to 2-3 on the season, while the Roadrunners fall to 2-2.
It would not be a surprise if the Hoosiers were feeling a sense of déja vú early in the game as Bakersfield staked itself to a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute with a goal from David Velasquez. The goal came very much against the run of play as the Hoosiers missed a couple of early opportunities, with a header from Tommy Thompson just high in the ninth minute, a curling shot from Harrison Petts saved in the 18th minute, and a shot from Dylan Mares over the goalkeeper and off the post also in the 18th minute.
Undeterred, the Hoosiers kept attacking the UCSB net and it paid off with just over 15 minutes left in the first half as they put home a pair of goals in less than a minute to take a 2-1 lead.
Freshman Tommy Thompson got the scoring started with his first career goal in the 30th minute. Coming off a throw-in, Thompson took four touches on the ball as he moved to the top of the 18-yard box and took a shot from 20 yards out that sliced past CSUB goalkeeper Anthony Perez to tie the game at 1-all.
Less than a minute later at 30:29, Tommy's brother Tanner set up what would be the game-winning goal by Jacob Bushue. Thompson worked a long ball down the right side and simply shot past his CSUB marker who seemed to think the ball would roll out for a goal kick. Thompson picked the ball up on the touchline and sent in a perfectly placed pass for Bushue, who made a screaming run up the middle and smashed the ball home to give IU the 2-1 lead.
Indiana went into the lockerroom at halftime up a goal and leading 12-4 in shot attempts, with five of the 12 shots on frame.
The first 20 minutes saw neither side put up much in the way of offense but Indiana would again use a 1-minute span to put the game out of reach with goals in the 74th and 75 minute. Femi Hollinger-Janzen made it 3-1 at 73:33, with another assist credited to Tanner Thompson. Thompson played the ball up the middle before laying it off to Hollinger-Janzen, who hit the back of the net in the lower right for his second goal of the season.
The Hoosiers finished with a 19-9 shot advantage, putting 11 of those attempts on frame. Tommy Thompson led the way with four shots, along with three from Mares.
The Hoosiers have put up eight goals in their last two matches and are out-shooting opponents 92-62 this season.
The Hoosiers return to Armstrong Stadium on Sunday as it plays host to the UC Irvine Anteaters. Game time is 1 p.m. ET and the match will be shown live on the Big Ten Digital Network.
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