The Hoosiers and Zips are set to kick it off at 2:05. Feel free to follow along and chat here while you watch the game on the Big Ten Network. The IU lineup is expected to remain the same with the exception of Neil Wilmarth replacing Darren Yeagle at forward.
Something to look for is IU’s Ofori Sarkodie and Akron’s Kofi Sarkodie going head-to-head. Both are defenders, so restarts and corners would be when they’re most likely to collide.
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30:00, first half
Indiana definitely has come out more aggressive than on Friday night, but the Hoosiers must be careful. The Zips have some dangerous attackers â€” Steve Zakuani has already had a couple of good looks at the goal.
19:29, first half
At the TV timeout, the game has shifted in Akron’s favor as the Hoosiers struggled to clear the ball on multiple corners and throws. We’ll see what adjustments they can make. Kevin Noschang and Andy Adlard on for the Hoosiers.
5:45, first half
Kevin Alston has put himself in the attack more as IU has posed some more serious threats, but still nothing to show. Brian Ackley has also gotten his first action of the season up front with Noschang.
End of first half
Noschang has added a little danger to the IU attack but the Hoosiers have struggled to put together a dangerous combination so far. Indiana has outshot Akron, 6-4, but the Zips have five corner kicks to the Hoosiers’ one. We’ll see what happens in the second half. Indiana 0, Akron 0
Among the celebrity sightings at today’s game, former Hoosier Danny O’Rourke â€” now of the MLS’ Columbus Crew â€” is here and you might see or have seen him on the BTN doing a halftime interview.
As for the game, it will be interesting to see how the Coach Freitag plays it. Alston and Sarkodie have done a solid job with the big, fast Akron forwards on defense. But will Noschang and Ackley get more time up front or will he come back with Bruin and Wilmarth?
45:00, second half
Hoosiers go with Noschang and Wilmarth up front to start the half. Lee Hagedorn is also in at midfield. Indiana 0, Akron 0
30:00, second half
Both teams still looking to spring that one big play that could be the difference. Bruin is back in for Noschang, who was not a factor this half. Indiana 0, Akron 0
20:16, second half
Television timeout again. Indiana has been steadily improving its attack with Bruin and Hagedorn in the middle of many of the forays. Hoosiers remain wary of the Zips’ counterattack, but IU could be poised for another late score. Bonus soccer update: IU women tied with No. 13 Texas A&M 1-1 at the half. Indiana 0, Akron 0
13:00, second half
Wilmarth is out and Noschang back in as the Hoosiers look to break the tie. IU has had several near-misses in the last few minutes and remain on the attack now. Indiana 0, Akron 0
End of second half
We’ve played 90 minutes of soccer and not yet established a winner. So we’ll try another 10 minutes of sudden death overtime to decide this one. Hoosiers seemed the fresher team down the stretch, but failed to connect with some passes when the opportunity arose. Indiana 0, Akron 0
End of first overtime
Hoosiers have had the better chances in OT, but the goal remains elusive. We’ll go 10 more minutes before they will settle for the tie. Indiana 0, Akron 0
End of second overtime
This may come as a shock to some of you, but we have a scoreless tie. Indiana 0, Akron 0
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