Kotlov Nets Game Winner in 2-1 Victory Over Brown
Sept. 20, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Nikita Kotlov's goal in the 73rd minute turned out to be a golden birthday present for himself and head coach Todd Yeagley as it was the difference in a 2-1 win over Brown Friday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
Indiana has climbed back to. 500 on the season at 3-3-1, while Brown drops to 1-3-1.
Indiana came out of the gate on the attack with junior Dylan Mares in the third minute taking a shot from a hard angle that required Brown goalkeeper Josh Weiner to go low for the save. In the eight minute, sophomore Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who earned his first start of the season tonight, cracked a shot off his left foot from 25 yards out that Weiner had to punch away for the save.
Hollinger-Janzen had another attempt in the 20th minute but it was a set piece that staked the Hoosiers to a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. The play was set up by freshman Tommy Thompson, who was fouled at the top of the box about 23 yards out. Mares lined up to take the kick for Indiana and curled his shot into the upper right for his first goal as a Hoosier.
The Hoosiers went to the halftime break with the 1-0 lead, leading Brown in shots by a 7-2 margin with three shots on frame to none for the Bears.
The Bears began to pick up steam after the Hoosier goal and that carried into the second half when in the 50th minute Jack Kuntz ripped a spinning shot that sent IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund diving to his right for a fingertip save. Still holding a 1-0 lead, the Hoosiers add a chance to add to that score when Thompson got a 1v1 opportunity with Weiner but sent his shot right into the goalkeeper's breadbasket.
Brown finally broke through with the game-tying goal at 72:08 when Jason Pesek crossed a ball to the far post, and a wide-open Jose Salama headed it home for his first goal of the season.
The celebration for the Bears was short-lived as just 37 seconds later the Hoosiers answered with the game-winning score from Kotlov. It was again a set piece that the Hoosiers were able to capitalize on as senior A.J. Corrado took the free kick from 23 yards out to the right of goal and sent his service to the far post. Kotlov, who had entered the game for the first time just moments earlier, out-jumped his marker and headed the ball home for his second goal of the season.
Kotlov is currently tied with senior Jacob Bushue for the team lead in scoring with six points (2g, 2a).
It was an evenly-matched second half with each team taking six shots attempts. Weiner finished with four saves for the Bears, while Soderlund tallied two saves for his third victory of the season.
The Hoosiers hit the road for just the second time this season as they take on the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Indiana returns home on Sept. 29 to open Big Ten play vs. Ohio State at 3 p.m. ET in a game that will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.
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