Late Goal Lifts UAB to 2-1 Win Over No. 10 Indiana
Sept. 21, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite a dominating second-half performance where it outshot the UAB Blazers by a 13-4 margin, the 10th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers lost for the third-straight game by a 2-1 score Friday night at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
With the loss Indiana falls to 3-3-1 on the season. It is the first time an IU team has lost three games in a row since the 2000 team closed the regular season with three-straight losses.
"I thought we were sub-par in the first half but played well in the second half," head coach Mike Freitag said. "But that is not the game. It is a 90-minute game and you need to give your best the entire time."
UAB's (5-2-0) game-winning score came with just 1:07 remaining in regulation. With things knotted a 1-1 and overtime looming on the horizon, Dejan Jakovic put home his second goal of the night. The play began on a breakaway by Jakovic, yet his initial shot was stopped by IU goalkeeper Chay Cain. The ball rebounded right back to Jakovic who slotted the ball home past a defenseless Cain.
"On a breakaway, you kind of have to get lucky," Cain said. "The ball bounced his way and he finished his run like a forward should."
Despite finishing with a 21-9 advantage in shots and up 9-1 in corner kicks, it was UAB who took an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. Jakovic took the ball near the midfield mark and ran down the right sideline, burning past the IU defense to put a shot into the upper left for the lead.
The rest of the first half would play out fairly evenly with the Hoosiers holding a slight 8-5 lead in shot attempts.
Indiana came out on fire to open the second period, with Brad Ring, Andy Adlard, Lee Hagedorn, Billy Weaver and Eric Alexander all getting a shot off within the first 3:32 of the period. Alexander would lead the team with seven shots, but just one of those attempts was on goal.
The Hoosiers finally broke through with the equalizer at 58:23. Making his first career start and just his second overall appearance on the pitch, freshman Rich Balchan won a race for the ball and took his shot from about 12 yards out. With UAB goalkeeper Wes Johnson out of position, a field player tried to step in and stop the shot but could not get a boot on it before it crossed the goal line. Balchan finished the night with two shots.
Indiana continued its offensive pressure, keeping the ball in the Blazers' defensive half of the field, and it looked as if that pressure would pay off when the Hoosiers were awarded a penalty kick at 82:39 after Michael Roach was taken down in the box. Making his first start of the season, Billy Weaver lined up to take the kick but Johnson made a diving stop to his left to keep the game tied a 1-all. Johnson had five saves on the night, as did Cain for IU.
Ring had another shot attempt blocked at 88:02, but after getting just one shot off in the first 43 minutes of the second half, the Blazers strung together three attempts in the final two minutes, including the game-winner.
Indiana is back in action on Wednesday as it plays host to the Butler Bulldogs at 7 p.m. at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
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