Hoosiers, SLU Play to 1-1 Tie
March 25, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Indiana University men's soccer team kicked off its spring season Saturday night with a 1-1 tie against Saint Louis at Glenwood High School Soccer Stadium in Springfield, Ill.
The game served as a fundraiser for Kailey's Krew, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide financial assistance to families of children in central Illinois with long-term illnesses or disabilities. The organization was created in honor of Kailey Wilmarth, who passed away from leukemia in 2011. She is the sister of former IU Soccer player Neil Wilmarth.
Saturday night marked Indiana's first action since winning its eighth national championship in December. The Hoosiers would have several holes to fill, with the loss of seniors Luis Soffner and Caleb Konstanski defensively, as well as leading goal scorer Eriq Zavaleta.
"Tonight was an a exciting match against a quality opponent," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "We are happy to help Kailey's Krew and the Wilmarth family through this special benefit match. The pace and atmosphere of the match replicated a fall match. I felt we were very dangerous going forward and created many excellent scoring chances. For our first full match of the spring, I felt we played well."
Redshirt freshman Michael Soderlund got the start in goal, with a back line of junior Jamie Vollmer, sophomore Kerel Bradford, junior Jacob Bushue and junior Matt McKain in front of him. Sophomore Dylan Lax sat in front of the back line, with he and freshman Tanner Thompson behind sophomore Dylan Mares in the midfield. Junior A.J. Corrado played wide left, with freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen wide right. Junior Nikita Kotlov held the attacking position up top.
Kotlov gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, moving around his defender for the score. The play was set up by Hollinger-Janzen. The Billikens came back to tie the score at 1-all with nine minutes remaining in the first half, heading home a re-start.
The Hoosiers came back out in the second half with the same starting lineup, subbing freshman Richard Ballard for Corrado with 28 minutes to play. Junior Alex Hadley came on for Bradford and redshirt freshman Kyle Sparks spelled Kotlov with 20 minutes to play. Mares and Thompson played the full 90 minutes in their Hoosier debuts.
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