Indiana Falls Short at VCU, 1-0
Oct. 18, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - A dominating performance by the Hoosiers with 21 shots, 10 on goal looks and limiting VCU to just two looks at goal was for naught as a penalty kick for the Rams in the 68th minute gave VCU a 1-0 victory Friday night at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va.
The loss drops Indiana to 4-9-1, while VCU improves to 7-4-1.
Indiana played its usual game of controlling possession, but the attack was slow to form. Vollmer had one of his patented long throw-ins early but Andrew Wells picked out of the air in front of his net. The junior later came back with the first shot of the match in the seventh minute that was blocked and picked up by Wells.
The Rams' first shot of the night didn't come until the 29th minute, a header from Jose Manel that was no issue for goalkeeper Michael Soderlund.
Nikita Kotlov had the best chance of the half for IU as he picked up a VCU turnover near the top of the 18. He carried the ball to the left post, where Wells' fingertips stopped his shot to the lower right.
Thirty seconds later IU had a corner kick and the ball came back to Patrick Doody with his shot cleared off the line by a Rams defender. Harrison Petts was on the receiving end of the kick save, and his shot was blocked.
With a minute to go, Doody had another looked that was blocked by Wells as he came off his line. Kotlov got the rebound and Wells tallied his seventh save of the night.
The Hoosiers were commanding in the stats at the half, up 12-3 in shots with seven shots on frame compared to one for the Rams. Petts and Kotlov led the charge in the first 45 minutes with three attempts each.
With 29 minutes to play the Hoosiers thought they had broken through with a goal as Femi Hollinger-Janzen headed home a corner kick from A.J. Corrado, but a foul was called in the box, negating the play.
With 24 minutes left in the second half Matt McKain made a run down the endline before crossing the ball into the box. Hollinger-Janzen made his run up the middle but slipped on the turf as he tried to get a boot on it.
It was a penalty kick with 22:39 left in the match that gave the Rams a 1-0 lead as Dennis Castillo hit the lower left corner for the score. VCU was awarded the PK when Jacob Bushue's attempt at a sliding tackle caught the attacker's feet. At that point the Hoosiers had out-shot the Rams 16-6, and the goal was just the second on-frame shot of the night for VCU.
As had been the case for most of the match, from that point on the Hoosiers controlled possession as they looked for the equalizer. In less than a two minute span the Hoosiers had three of their nine corner kicks in the game. In between those three set pieces Bushue had a shot that was cleared off the line by a defender and Kotlov added another that was stopped by Wells.
Dylan Mares had a shot blocked by Wells in the 82nd minute, and a pair of shots from Corrado in the final four minutes went high and wide, the last just barely missing the post as it hit the side netting.
Indiana finished with a 21-8 advantage in shots, 10-3 in shots on goal. The Hoosiers also finished with nine corner kicks.
The Hoosiers wrap up non-conference action on Wednesday as they play host to the Evansville Purple Aces. Game time is 7 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
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