No. 10 Indiana, Northwestern End in 2-2 Tie
Oct. 30, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Indiana men's soccer team was five minutes from victory but instead saw a late goal from Northwestern lead to a 2-2 tie Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
Indiana is now 10-3-4 on the season, 2-1-2 in Big Ten play. Northwestern moves to 9-4-4, 3-0-2. With the tie the Hoosiers are eliminated from contention for the Big Ten regular season title.
Indiana had the first good look of the afternoon when Nikita Kotlov hit a curling shot from 12 yards out that required a diving save from Tyler Miller in the fifth minute.
With 22 minutes to play in the first half it was Jacob Bushue out wide who played a ball into Alec Purdie on the six, but the ball got caught in Purdie's feet and Northwestern was able to clear to safety.
With under 18 minutes to play Kerel Bradford tried his luck from 30 yards out, sending in a bouncing shot that was just wide left of the goal.
It was Northwestern's fourth shot of the day that gave them a 1-0 lead. As Oliver Kupe received the ball eight yards out he played the ball back to Lepe Seetane who struck it to the lower left for the score.
Indiana came right back with a shot from Eriq Zavaleta across the goal mouth that was just wide. With less than three to play in the first half the Hoosiers again found themselves in a scoring position with a shot from Purdie that was blocked. The rebound fell to Jacob Bushue but his shot was saved by a sliding Miller.
A shot from Zavaleta in the waning seconds of the first half earned IU a corner kick, but Bushue's header off Purdie's service was grabbed by Miller for the save.
Indiana held a 10-5 shot advantage at the half time break and took six corner kicks to one for the Wildcats in the first 45 minutes.
A second-half lineup change proved to be a difference maker for IU as A.J. Corrado earned the start in the second half and tallied his second goal of the season to tie the mach at 1-1 in the 53rd minute. Purdie layed the ball off to Corrado, who took a shot to the lower right and saw his attempt bounce off the right post and past an outstretched Miller for his second goal of the year.
Less than four minutes later Zavaleta had a back heel that was cleared off the line by an Northwestern defender as the Hoosiers continued to attack the net.
Indiana took a 2-1 lead with a goal in the 67th minute from Zavaleta. A ball from Purdie deflected off an NU defender and landed in a perfect spot for the on-rushing Zavaleta. As the goalkeeper came out to try and grab the ball, Zavaleta went to his left around the `keeper and shot the ball toward what was an open net. With the wind holding up the ball, a Wildcats defender made a run to stop it, but the ball crossed the line as he tried to get a foot on it.
Northwestern had a good look at the IU goal with just over 10 minutes to play in regulation as a ball from Chris Ritter was saved by Soffner. The ball spilled out to the foot of Kupe off the save, but Soffner came out to push the ball off his foot. That put the ball to Reed Losee, whose shot was cleared off the line by the Hoosiers.
The Wildcats broke through with the game-tying goal with 5:07 to play as Kupe tallied his seventh goal of the season off the assist from Losee.
Indiana's best chance in the overtime frames came with under two minutes to play in the second period when Corrado took a free kick and a slip header from Purdie was just off the mark hitting an unmarked Zavaleta.
An offsides call kept the Hoosiers from claiming victory when Bushue served a ball into Zavaleta and his shot hit the back of the net but he was judged to be offsides.
Zavaleta finished with a team-high four shots as IU held a 16-13 advantage in the category at the end of the match. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner tallied two saves in 110 minutes of action, going to 9-3-4 on the year in the net.
The Hoosiers close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5, when they play host to the Ohio State Buckeyes at 1 p.m. ET. The match will be shown on a tape-delay basis on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon ET.
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