Hoosiers Fall 1-0 to Xavier
April 5, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's soccer team fell 1-0 to Xavier in a spring exhibition match Friday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The loss drops the Hoosiers to 0-2-1 on the spring season.
Indiana's first shot of the day came in the 15th minute off the foot of junior midfielder A.J. Corrado as his attempt landed safely in the arms of goalkeeper Vince Shaw. Eight minutes later it was sophomore defender Patrick Doody with a shot attempt that veered wide right.
The lone goal of the match came in the 23rd minute when Xavier midfielder Matt Walker blasted a shot from 25 yards out that sailed over the head of goalkeeper Michael Soderlund and hit the back of the net. Walker led the Musketeers with five of their seven shot attempts.
Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen started for the Hoosiers up top and it was his shot in the 27th minute on a breakaway that nearly tied the match up, forcing a team save from Xavier.
The Hoosiers began to find their offensive footing late in the first half as a centering pass from junior defender Jamie Vollmer found junior midfielder Nikita Kotlov. Kotlov was able to get the toe of his boot on it but sent the shot just high.
Hollinger-Janzen had another golden opportunity in the 42nd minute with a point-blank shot from close range that Xavier goalkeeper Eric Osswald, who had come on in the 33rd minute, was able to stop from his position on the ground.
Indiana had a 6-3 shot advantage in the second half but was unable to convert any of those looks into scores, with three of the six shots on frame. Late in the half sophomore midfielder Dylan Mares had his shot saved by Osswald, and the rebound went to Kotlov, who saw his shot blocked by a Musketeer defender.
A second-half sub for Indiana, freshman forward Andrew Oliver got off an attempt that nearly skipped past Osswald into the net but was tipped just wide.
The Hoosiers finished with a 13-7 shot advantage, putting seven on goal to three for the Musketeers. Corrado led Indiana with four attempts, while Hollinger-Janzen, Kotlov and freshman midfielder Kyle Sparks had two each.
The Hoosiers continue their spring slate next Saturday, April 13 as they take on Notre Dame at 5 p.m. ET at the Fort Wayne Sports Complex in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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