Indiana and Duke are just taking the field for warm-ups with the Hoosiers’ season opener set to kick off in about 30 minutes.
In the evening’s first game, Akron got a goal early in the second half from Kofi Sarkodie, the younger brother of IU’s Ofori, then pulled away for a dominating 3-0 victory over Notre Dame. Indiana will play the No. 12 Zips, coached by former IU player and assistant Caleb Porter, Sunday at 2 p.m.
I’ll be back with a pre-game update and will update every 15 minutes of game time or as events warrant.
First half kick off
Hoosiers ready to start the season with Chay Cain at goalkeeper, Tommy Meyer/Ofori Sarkodie/Kevin Alston/Daniel Kelly defending, Rich Balchan/Brad Ring/John Mellencamp/Eric Alexander at midfield and Will Bruin/Darren Yeagle at forward.
30:00, first half
Fifteen minutes in and no score. The Blue Devils have had the run of play with 3 shots and 2 corners while IU has yet to get off a shot. Indiana 0, Duke 0
13:00, first half
The score still hasn’t changed but the momentum seems to have switched ends as the Hoosiers are starting to apply some offensive pressure. Indiana 0, Duke 0
End of first half
For those of you still awake both inside and outside of Armstrong Stadium, there is still no score. Sometimes in soccer, scoreless is still exciting but this first half does not fall in that category. They’ll go to the lockerroom to regroup. Indiana 0, Duke 0
31:55, second half
And just when I was poised to say that the second half was the same as the first with the Hoosier offense a little bit louder and Duke’s defense a little worse, we have a goal. Kevin Alston steps up from the back and hits a shot that is deflected past the keeper. Indiana 1, Duke 0
27:00, second half
Offense, we’ve got offense. Duke will not go away and some miscommunication among IU defenders allows the Blue Devils’ Kyle Bethel to poke the ball into the net from point-blank range. Indiana 1, Duke 1
15:00, second half
And now both teams seem to have fallen back into the malaise we were watching earlier. This game seems to lack a real flow. Indiana 1, Duke 1
5:45, second half
Hoosiers break the tie as Brad Ring lays the ball off to John Mellencamp at the top of the box for a shot off the framework into the top right corner. Indiana 2, Duke 1
Indiana hangs on for the victory in the opener. Indiana 2, Duke 1