Oct. 10, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
After taking a 1-0 lead, the Hoosiers came back from a one-goal deficit to play the Louisville Cardinals to a 2-2 tie Wednesday night at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky.
Junior Nikita Kotlov netted his first goal of the season, while sophomore Eriq Zavaleta netted his 12th of the year. The Hoosiers are 9-2-2 on the season, while the Cardinals move to 7-4-1.
"I thought we put some good stretches together," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "I thought we came out uncertain but then took over that first half and came into halftime in a good position. Both teams pressured hard, so it wasn't great flow but I liked how we played for a lot of this game."
The Hoosiers struck first in the 27th minute as Kotlov got on the board. For the second time in as many matches, Indiana used a set piece to score. A.J. Corrado tallied his team-leading seventh assist of the season with a corner kick that found junior Jacob Bushue in the box. Bushue slipped the ball on to Kotlov, who sent a diving header past Louisville goalkeeper Mike Mauro.
That is how the teams would head to the lockerroom with the Cardinals holding a slim 4-3 advantage in shot attempts.
A subdued first half gave way to a back-and-forth affair in the opening minutes of the second stanza. In the 49th minute Zavaleta was on a breakaway and played the ball back to freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen. His heavy touch sent the ball back to junior Harrison Petts whose shot curled just over the crossbar.
In the 52nd minute Corrado served the ball into Zavaleta, who also saw his header attempt sail high.
Louisville tied the match in the 52nd minute when Ryan Smith netted his second goal of the season off a cross into the box from Dylan Mares. Less than 10 seconds later, Smith was shown a yellow card on a hard tackle on senior defender Caleb Konstanski,
Less than 10 minutes later Will Vitalis had a one-on-one attempt against goalkeeper Luis Soffner when defender Kerel Bradford slipped on the turf, leaving Vitalis all alone. Soffner committed to the play up high, and Vitalis switched the ball to his other foot for a shot on an open net.
The Hoosiers continued to search for their second goal when sophomore Patrick Doody's cross to Zavaleta was headed down wide of the frame in the 62nd minute. In the 66th minute, Hollinger-Janzen took a shot from the top of the box that was saved by Mauro.
All the hard work paid off at 69:01 when Zavaleta scored his 12th of the season to tie the match at 2-all. The play began with Hollinger-Janzen on the left side of the field, playing the ball to Zavaleta in the box. A Louisville defender stepped in on the past and looked to be able to clear the ball to safety, but the crafty sophomore took the ball off his foot and with Mauro hesitating, hit the lower right corner.
The teams remained deadlocked heading into the first overtime period, when less than three minutes in it looked as if the Cardinals had netted the game-winning goal. However, Doody was judged to have been fouled by Smith in the penalty area, leading to a red card for the Louisville midfielder and giving IU a man advantage for the remainder of the match.
Despite a man advantage for nearly the entire extra time, Indiana couldn't manage a shot attempt on the Louisville defense.
Zavaleta led the attack with four shots, while Corrado had three and Kotlov and Hollinger-Janzen two each. Soffner tallied one save in 110 minutes of play.
The Hoosiers return to action Tuesday, Oct. 16 as they play host to the Butler Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. ET.