Penn State at Indiana soccer


FINAL
Indiana improves to 18-0-3 all time in Big Ten openers, knocking off the Nittany Lions at Armstrong tonight. It took nearly 78 minutes for the Hoosiers to break though, but that they finally did, and the defense made the one goal stand up. It is the third straight shut out for IU. HOOSIERS 1, NITTANY LIONS 0

SECOND HALF
12:29: Stingy as the Penn State defense is, the Nittany Lions couldn’t hold out forever against a relentless IU attack. After a long throw-in by Indiana, AJ Corrado got the ball in the middle of the field outside the box, then chipped one over the top, where Alec Purdie flicked a header into the upper right corner of the net for the lead. HOOSIERS 1, NITTANY LIONS 0

30:15: Indiana continues to pressure Penn State this half much the same as the first, but IU unable to finish. Harrison Petts couldn’t convert on a loose ball at the back post, and a few long balls for Eriq Zavaleta have been a stride too long. HOOSIERS 0, NITTANY LIONS 0

HALFTIME
Well, 45 minutes are in the book here at Armstrong in the Big Ten opener. Indiana with a 4-2 advantage in shots, and the Hoosiers have yet to play from behind this season. IU defense doing a nice job of closing down the PSU attack. Despite exiting after a hard foul with nine minutes left, Harrison Petts looks like he’ll be OK for the second half. But this would be a good time to note that Nikita Kotlov is not available as far as I can tell after an ankle injury last weekend on the East Coast trip. I expect veteran Joe Tolen might get a chance to spark the IU offense here in the second half. HOOSIERS 0, NITTANY LIONS 0

FIRST HALF
15:25: A couple of good chances for IU in the 21st minute as Jamie Vollmer had a blast in the middle of the box blocked, then of the ensuing corner kick Eriq Zavaleta’s volley was just high. Penn State hasn’t had much other than that one scare and a couple of corner kicks. HOOSIERS 0, NITTANY LIONS 0

27:40: A third of the way through this first half, both teams coulda, shoulda, woulda been on the board. Indiana did find the net off a series of headers from a corner kick, but the final one by Caleb Konstanski was ruled offsides about six minutes in. In the 11th minute, Konstanski slipped down and a pair of Nittany Lions converged on the ball in the box, but goalkeeper Luis Soffner and backtracking Tommy Meyer blocked a couple of point-blank shots to keep the game scoreless. HOOSIERS 0, NITTANY LIONS 0

PREGAME
I’m at Armstrong Stadium for tonight’s Big Ten opener between the visiting Nittany Lions and the host Hoosiers. This is the second game of a doubleheader, with the IU women dropping a 1-0 decision to Iowa in the first game. Feel free to follow me on Twitter as well.

Indiana comes into this contest 17-0-3 all time in Big Ten openers, a streak that will be tested by No. 16 Penn State (5-1-1), which has shut out six of its seven opponents this season.

IU is off to a 5-0-2 start and ranked No. 7 in the nation. The Hoosiers have four shutouts in seven games, but lead the conference in goals per game at 2.29 and assists at 2.43.

Here’s what Indiana coach Todd Yeagley told me earlier this week about this matchup: “It’s all zeroes in the Big Ten. Starting off with a good result really helps you. Its not the end all of the season, but it goes a long way. Penn State is tough as they always are. Right now the Big Ten is up in the air because everybody has had inconsistent results outside of us and Penn State. It will be good test to kick off the Big Ten season.”

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  • Devin S. #1


    Friday, September 23, 2011 - 8:09 PM EDT

    Crisitunity!
    This could be the statement win that the Hoosiers need, and it could be… I don’t want to think about it. The Big Ten seems much weaker than I expected. I’m actually quite nervous about tonight, as the Hoosiers really need to capitalize on hosting their primary in-conference rivals. Yet, getting outshot by less-than-stellar competition in the pre-conference doesn’t make me feel like putting on the rose-colored glasses.

  • Jeremy Price #2


    Friday, September 23, 2011 - 8:13 PM EDT

    Devin,
    I’d not worry about the shot numbers too much. IU is just fifth in shots taken among Big Ten teams, but first in scoring by a wide margin. And a large number of that overall shot disparity was that first game at Notre Dame. From what I’ve seen, I like the quality of shot the Hoosiers are getting vs. opponents’ higher quantity of low-percentage efforts.

  • Devin S. #3


    Friday, September 23, 2011 - 10:06 PM EDT

    Result! Nicely done, IU.

    And Jeremy, it’s certainly hard to argue with 16+ goals to 4 against. And getting dominated in shot count against the two ranked teams they played (St. John’s being the other) makes me wonder about how good these guys actually are. But my worry also involved the fact that Luis Soffner, previous to this game, had something like 31 saves versus the opposing goalies 20 saves. Soffner seemingly has made a number of big plays so far this season, which makes me a bit nervous about consistency.

    A win like this, though, alleviates a lot of concern. Well done, Hoosiers!

  • TsaoTsuG #4


    Friday, September 23, 2011 - 11:30 PM EDT

    A lot would depend on how they are actually approaching the game. The Italians (and recently Spain) made a business out of playing from the back and counter attacking (I’m not sure about the spelling but the Italians called it the ‘catenaccio/catenazzio(??sp).

    I suspect (just from reading Jeremy’s comments) that IU’s style may also be defensive, drawing teams into their defense and counterattacking. If I recall, Jeremy may have suggested that they play with just one pure forward and attack out of the back and the laterals. Perhaps, Jeremy can comment or ask coach Yeagley. The other thing that struck me is that in the more difficult games, IU’s scoring seems to be coming later in the game (vs. St. John they seem to have dominated the latter part of regular time and the overtime, getting several shots. Seems the same may have been true with Penn State.

    Good result, great start!

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