HOOSIERS LOSE EXHIBITION OPENER
Aug. 21, 1999
Saint Louis, Mo.-- The 1998 Indiana Hoosiers started their season with an exhibition loss to Saint Louis 2-0 as they began their quest for a national championship. This year, the 1999 Indiana Hoosiers men's soccer team took the same step as they dropped their first exhibition game to the Billikens by a 3-2 score.
The first half was a tight battle as Indiana only managed to get three shots on goal while the Billikens had two at the newly remodeled Billiken Sports Complex. Although junior goalkeeper T.J. Hannig had no saves, he played a solid first period before being relieved by sophomore Colin Rogers at the start of the second period.
Rogers, who only played three games last season, missed the Billikens first shot of the second period. Jack Jewsbury headed in the first goal of the game at 53:21 around Rogers. That set the pace for the Billikens.
Only 14 minutes later at 67:59, forward Jason Mims had a direct shot on Rogers 10 yards out to take a commanding advantage 2-0.
The Hoosiers battled back as sophomore Tyler Hawley headed in a pass from Yuri Lavrinenko at 72:09 to cut the lead to 2-1 in front of a record crowd of 6,517.
Lavrinenko evened the score at the 74:30 mark as he grabbed the pass from juniors Nick Garcia and Matt Fundenberger for a 15 yard direct shot.
"I'm proud of the way we came back tonight," Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley said. "We had our chances to score more tonight but we just didn't do it."
Jewsbury struck once again in the 80th minute as he beat Rogers who had come out of the goal mouth to ry and grab the ball. The freshman ripped a long shot into the empty net for the winning score.
"That goal is one we should never give up," Yeagley said. "Our defense broke down and they ended up with one against the goalkeeper and you are not going to win that battle very often."
The Hoosiers continue the exhibition season Wednesday at IUPUI.
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