First-Half Goals Doom Hoosiers in 2-0 Loss
Oct. 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Goals from Penn State in 15th and 25th minutes were too much for the Indiana men's soccer team (4-6-1, 1-1 B1G) to overcome in a 2-0 loss to the Nittany Lions (7-3-1, 2-0 B1G) Sunday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
As has been the case most of the season, Indiana started the match strong, controlling the ball in the first 10 minutes and keeping the Nittany Lions pinned in their own half of the field. In the sixth minute, Nikita Kotlov had a header that went right into the arms of Penn State goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton.
Michael Soderlund answered the call in the Indiana goal when Martin Seiler ripped a line-drive shot that required a leaping punch over from the sophomore goalkeeper.
Penn State slowly found its footing and put home what would be the game-winning goal at 14:31 off the foot of Jordan Tyler. The ball was played near the end line and has Harrison Petts tried to cover and let the ball roll out for a goal kick. Grant Warming snuck in there and got a cross off into the box. Tyler had an easy shot for his second score of the season.
The Nittany Lions added an insurance goal almost exactly 10 minutes later as Warming again assisted on the play, sending a ball in that deflected to Owen Griffith. Griffith placed a curling shot into the upper right, his first goal of the season and a 2-0 lead for the Nittany Lions.
Indiana held a slim 7-6 advantage in shots at the halftime break and would finish up in that category by an 18-7 margin, allowing just one Penn State shot in the second half.
Despite maintaining possession for most of the final 45 minutes of play, the Hoosiers could never break through a stingy PSU defense. The Hoosiers had a chance to cut the lead to one goal when with 34:24 to play Tommy Thompson was taken down in the penalty area and the Hoosiers were awarded a penalty kick. The freshman stepped up to take the shot, but sent his attempt right at Wolverton for the save.
Indiana is 0-for-2 on penalty kick attempts this season.
In the 69th minute, A.J. Corrado took a shot from the top of the 18 that forced Wolverton to make a diving stop to his right. The Penn State goalkeeper was up to the task Sunday afternoon, finishing with five saves to go along with one team save. Thompson led the match with five shot attempts, two of which were on goal.
Indiana is back in action on Friday, Oct. 11 as it takes on the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, Wis. Game time is 8:30 p.m. ET.
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