IU Blanks OSU, 2-0 To Open B1G Play
Sept. 29, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's soccer team remains undefeated in Big Ten openers, improving to 20-0-3 with a 2-0 win over Ohio State on a rainy Sunday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Nikita Kotlov provided the goals for IU. Indiana improves to 4-4-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. It also marked the first shutout of the season for the Hoosiers, as well as the first career shutout for goalkeeper Michael Soderlund.
The Hoosiers attacked the Buckeyes (2-5-2, 0-1 B1G) early, starting with Tommy Thompson with a quick turn and shoot that was saved by OSU goalkeeper Alex Ivanov. Three minutes later defender Billy McConnell had a header that ticked just wide, one of five shots in the first six minutes of action for IU.
The offensive barrage continued with an attempt to the lower right from Dylan Mares that was stopped by Ivanov. Finally the Hoosiers broke through for what would be the game-winning score in the 34th minute. Harrison Petts took a hard line drive shot at the goal, deflecting off Hollinger-Janzen and into the net. Hollinger-Janzen gets credit for his team-leading fourth goal of the season, while Petts tallied his second assist of the year.
Less than four minutes later, sub Nikita Kotlov gave Indiana a 2-0 cushion at 37:02, his third score of the year. Matt McKain settled the ball right of goal and sent a cross into the box, headed home by Kotlov.
The Hoosiers finished with a whopping 25 shots in the first half, nine of which were on goal. Many of them came in bunches as the Hoosiers would have a succession of shots around the penalty area blocked by the OSU defense or saved by Ivanov. The OSU goalkeeper finished with 10 saves on the day.
The Indiana defense limited the Buckeyes to just four attempts in the first half, with three saves from Soderlund.
The second half was a more even affair with IU out-shooting the Buckeyes by an 8-6 margin. The Hoosiers finished with 33 shots on the day, just five off the Big Ten record of 38 set by Penn State vs. St. Francis in 2010. It is the second-most shot attempts by the Hoosiers in a B1G game, trailing only a 36-shot performance vs. Northwestern in 1996.
Indiana had chances to add to their lead, including a shot from Kotlov with just less than 20 minutes to play that was punched wide by Ivanov. Perhaps the one second-half moment Indiana would like to have back came in the 81st minute when Thompson ran onto a ball over the top, beating Ivanov but sending his shot on an open net off the left post.
Thompson, Mares and Hollinger-Janzen led the IU attack with six shots each. Thompson put four of his six attempts on frame, with two on goal each from Mares and Hollinger-Janzen. Kotlov had five shot attempts coming in off the bench.
Indiana is back in action on Wednesday as it travels to South Bend, Ind. to take on the fourth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Always a good battle between these two, it will be rematch of last year's NCAA Round of 16 matchup where the Hoosiers shocked the No. 1 seed Fighting Irish, 2-1 in double OT.
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