Nov. 7, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Goals from Will Bruin and John Mellencamp in the first half were all No. 23 Indiana needed in a dominating performance, shutting out No. 8 Northwestern, 2-0 on Senior Night at Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
With the win the Hoosiers improved to 10-5-3 overall, 3-3 in Big Ten action. The Wildcats fall to 12-3-2, 3-3 Big Ten. The victory gives Indiana 10 or more wins for the 22nd consecutive season. It also puts IU at 4-0-2 against top 25 teams this year.
"This was a nice victory to have," said head coach Mike Freitag. "I didn't think we had a good performance against Penn State, so to go into the (Big Ten) tournament with a win is important."
Andy Adlard and Bruin teamed up for what would be the game-winning goal in the 26th minute. With Adlard providing service on the corner kick, Bruin out-jumped the Northwestern defenders to get his head on the ball and knock it home for his fifth goal of the season. That ties him for the team lead with Adlard.
"We have so many chances on corners, so it was nice to finally put one away," Adlard said. "Will got where he needed to be and finished well."
It was just over 12 minutes later when Mellencamp recorded his second goal of the season, giving the Hoosiers an insurmountable 2-0 lead. The play began once again with Adlard as the sophomore took a hard shot that bounced off NU goalkeeper Drew Kotler and ricocheted back out to Mellencamp, who slotted it home at 37:53.
Indiana finished the match with a commanding 20-8 advantage in shot attempts, with the first coming from Bruin in the sixth minute as he took Kotler on one-on-one. Northwestern's net minder came off his line and blocked the shot for the save. At 15:54, Kevin Noschang sent in an attempt from 20 yards out that Kotler was able to stop, one of six saves on the night for the redshirt freshman.
Adlard and Bruin nearly hooked up for the second time on the evening when Adlard fed a racing Bruin up the right side. Bruin's shot attempt across his body rolled wide. Just over a minute later at 64:40, Noschang came charging at the net, unleashing a shot that Kotler was able to stop by raising his fists and punching the ball out.
Adlard and Bruin finished with four shots each, along with three from Noschang. Three of Bruin's four shots were on frame.
Prior to the match the Hoosiers honored their eight seniors who were playing in their final regular season home match. Chay Cain, Mellencamp, Noschang, Brian Ackley, Nick Sutter, Billy Weaver and Doug Reisinger all saw action in the match. Senior Brad Ring was unable to participate due to injury.
With the absence of Ring for the third-straight match, the Hoosiers were again forced to shuffle their lineup. Freshman Tommy Meyer earned a starting nod on the back line, while sophomore Rich Balchan moved into Ring's defensive midfield spot.
"I saw Rich Balchan go in there tonight and do an excellent job," Freitag said. "Wherever I put him on the field, he always comes through for us."
Indiana is back in action next Thursday (Nov. 13) in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis. The Hoosiers' seed and opponent will be based on the outcome of Saturday night's match between Penn State and Michigan.