Indiana recovered well from that initial onslaught by Mexico, creating a number of opportunities to equalize at least. Best one might have been in stoppage time as Femi Hollinger-Janzen took a slip pass in the box from Jacob Bushue, stopped and turned but was dragged down before he could get a shot off as the ref swallowed the whistle. Final tally shows Mexico with a 20-7 advantage in shots, 8-3 edge in corner kicks. But Michael Soderlund recorded 11 saves and was outstanding in goal. MEXICO 1, INDIANA 0
64:20: It’s been mostly Mexico, and Michael Soderlund, this half. The IU goalkeeper has eight saves so far against 15 Mexico shots. For the first 10-plus minutes of the half, it was all Mexico as the national team set up shop around the IU box. But Soderlund and the defense stood tall, and the Hoosier attack is starting to generate some opportunities now. MEXICO 1, INDIANA 0
All in all, an excellent showing for the Hoosiers through the first 45 minutes. The real challenge is that the energy and pace IU exhibited in the first 15 minutes or so is the level at which Mexico plays all the time. No subs for either side so far. That will change in the second half, but this is a veteran 11 the Hoosiers are putting on the field, even if there are some new roles being played. Like Kotlov playing up top with Femi in midfield, suits both better than the other way around. This game also a good test for Dylan Lax at center back. It’s all about decision-making there. For what it’s worth, Mexico took a 3-2 loss at Notre Dame Friday night, but has a different keeper and a few other new names in the lineup today, including the goal scorer. MEXICO 1, INDIANA 0
30:03: The fourth corner kick paid off for Mexico, as Alfonso Gonzalez settles just outside the top of the box and laces a left-footed shot that dipped just over Soderlund and under the crossbar. Mexican side with all the momentum and energy now, Hoosiers sort of flat-footed. MEXICO 1, INDIANA 0
24:15: Very strong first 15 minutes or so for the Hoosiers, who had more of the ball, though not a lot of danger outside of a flurry off an A.J. Corrado corner kick. Mexico finding its stride in the last five minutes, including a brilliant bicycle kick attempt on a corner that was saved only by Patrick Doody’s block on the far post. GK Soderlund saved the follow as well. Mexico with a 5-3 edge in shots, 2-1 edge in corners.
At Armstrong Stadium this afternoon as Indiana takes on the Mexican U-20 national team, which is prepping for this summer’s U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Hoosier starters are GK Michael Soderlund, defenders Matt McKain, Dylan Lax, Kerel Bradford and Patrick Doody, midfielders Harrison Petts, A.J. Corrado, Jacob Bushue, Dylan Mares and Femi Hollinger-Janzen with Nikita Kotlov up top.