HOOSIERS DEFEAT No.1 PENN STATE
October 1, 1999 Bloomington, Ind.The Indiana men's soccer team (7-2-0) had not lost a Big Ten match since 1995. Tonight would be no different. IU continued its Big Ten dominance over the No.1 ranked Penn State 4-2.
Penn State (8-1-0) came into tonight's match-up undefeated and held the No. 1 ranking in all three polls, but junior midfielder Ricardo Villar, the Big Ten's leading scorer, could not do it all.
Penn State struck first in the 16th minute. Villar took a pass from Greg Oldfield seven yards from the box and fired in a direct shot to get the match underway.
IU quickly rallied back with a goal of their own at 25:50. B.J. Snow crossed a long ball over to Pat Noonan, who headed the shot into the left side of the net to tie things up at 1-1.
The Hoosiers got another chance in the first period. At the 33:48 mark, Yuri Lavrinenko crossed the ball to Aleksey Korol who tapped it to Matt Fundenberger. Fundenberger headed the ball off the keeper's fingers and off the right post to take the 2-1 lead.
The Hoosiers held Penn State to just one shot in the first period and held a 3-2 advantage in corners.
At 71:30, Nick Garcia pulled Ricardo Villar to the ground in front of the goal box. As a result, Villar got a penalty kick. His kick went right around T.J. Hannig to tie the game 2-2.
However, IU was not done. They scored two more goals in the second period. First, Korol had an easy two yard shot off a Ryan Mack pass at 80:00. Only three and a half minutes later, Lavrinenko received a pass from Mack 15 yards out to score the fourth anf final IU goal.
The Hoosiers play next against Butler, Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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