Sept. 26, 2012
Box Score |
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
For the first time this season the 11th-ranked Indiana men's soccer team allowed a second-half goal and it proved to be the difference in a 1-0 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame (8-1-0) Wednesday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
The Hoosiers fall to 6-2-1 on the season.
Grant Van De Casteele scored the game's lone goal in the 71st minute with a slip header off a corner kick from Dillon Powers that found the upper left corner of the net. Prior to that the Hoosiers had been able to withstand the Fighting Irish attack, including some spectacular saves from goalkeeper Luis Soffner.
In the 12th minute, Nick Besler took a hard-hit shot from less that two yards out that required a quick reaction save from Soffner. The senior goalkeeper had four saves in the first 45 minutes of action.
Indiana had four shots in the first half, with the most dangerous a free kick from sophomore Eriq Zavaleta in the 18th minute that deflected off a Notre Dame defender and nearly found the back of the net. The Fighting Irish finished a dominating first half with seven shot attempts.
The Hoosiers showed a more dangerous attack in the second half. In the 52nd minute defender Matt McKain played a ball to the far post that an on-rushing junior Nikita Kotlov just missed getting his head on.
In the 59th minute, spot-on service from junior A.J. Corrado also made its way to the back post, but Zavaleta and freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen were just a step behind in getting a head on the ball.
After going down a goal the Hoosiers continued to look for the equalizer, with a header from Hollinger-Janzen punched away by Notre Dame goalkeeper Patrick Wall in the 86th minute.
With less than four minutes to play, Kotlov used his speed to weave through a pair of Notre Dame defenders, but his shot from 10 yards out was wide right.
Indiana had an 8-6 shot advantage in the second half, but the Fighting Irish finished ahead in that category by a 13-12 tally. Notre Dame had nine shots on frame, compared to just one for Indiana.
The Hoosiers have little time to think about the loss as they jump back into conference action on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Penn State. Match time is set for 7 p.m. ET.