Hoosiers Blank Buckeyes, 1-0 on Senior Day
Nov. 5, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The ninth-ranked Indiana men's soccer team sent seniors Nick Blevins, Chris Estridge, Tyler McCarroll, Tommy Meyer and Alec Purdie out in style with a 1-0 victory over Ohio State (10-6-1, 4-2 B1G) Saturday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
With the win Indiana ends the regular season with an 11-3-4 record and a 3-1-2 mark in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers finish fourth in the conference and will face No. 5 Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday in Ann Arbor.
"This was a great way to finish here at home," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "There was a lot to be played for here today. This 11th win is a good sign for this group. Finishing the regular season with only three losses shows this group has done a lot of good things this year."
With solid play from the Hoosiers' back four and goalkeeper Luis Soffner, a goal from sophomore Nikita Kotlov in the waning seconds of the first half was all IU needed. With 14 seconds left in the half, sophomore Matt McKain lofted a ball into the box from the right wing. Kotlov got on the end of it, taking a hard shot to the lower right from close range that snuck under Ohio State goalkeeper Matt Lampson.
The goal was the sixth of the year for Kotlov, with five of the six coming in the last six games. Three of his six goals have come in Big Ten matches.
The Hoosiers were on the attach from the get-to, with a header from freshman Eriq Zavaleta from one-yard out saved by Lampson less than six minutes into the match. Zavaleta was active all day for Indiana with a game-high four shot attempts.
In the 26th minute, Purdie took a shot off a run up the middle that was wide right of the net, giving Indiana another near miss at the goal. With less than five minutes to play, Zavaleta was doing work in the middle of the park receiving a ball from sophomore Jamie Vollmer off the left wing. Zavaleta weaved through a pair of defenders before laying the ball off to Kotlov, but the sophomore was unable to get much power behind his shot and the weak roller was scooped up by Lampson.
Indiana held a commanding 7-2 advantage in shots in the first half, with four of those on frame.
Ohio State came out in the second half looking for the equalizing goal, but the Hoosier back line of Meyer, Estridge, McKain and sophomore Caleb Konstanski would not break, with goalkeeper Luis Soffner facing nine second-half shots but needing to make just two saves for his seventh solo shutout of the year and the team's eighth clean sheet.
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