IU soccer vs. UCLA (aka #FilltheBill)

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FINAL IN OVERTIME
Just 56 seconds into the extra period, this one comes to a stunning end as UCLA goes on the attack and slide an angled pass across the top of the box, which keeper Michael Soderlund charged out for. He did not field it cleanly, the ball popped loose on the right side and Victor Chavez pounced and rifled home the game-winner. Tough loss and one that surely leaves Indiana feeling frustrated. By the way, announced crowd of 7,720 officially an Armstrong Stadium record. BRUINS 1, HOOSIERS 0

END OF REGULATION
It was an eventful final 20 minutes, filled with missed opportunities for the Hoosiers. The best chance came with 14:51 to play when Tommy Thompson was taken down in the box and UCLA’s Joe Sofia issued a red card. But Dylan Mares’ penalty kick was easily saved to the low left corner of the goal. That chance came just two minutes after AJ Corrado fed Thompson a through ball, and he was bumped and eventually knocked down. The referee ruled the foul occurred just outside the box, not in it, and no card was issued on that play. Patrick Doody’s free kick try was deflected high for a corner and nothing came of the sequence.

Indiana now leads in shots, 13-12, but trails 4-3 in shots on goal. Hoosiers have had 10 corner kicks to UCLA’s four. Bruins staying stout a man down as we head to golden goal overtime. HOOSIERS 0, BRUINS 0

SECOND HALF
20:41: Indiana has ratcheted up the attack in the second half. Most of the UCLA offense has been relegated to the occasional counter attack. Indiana finding more space on the wings, rather than just trying for combination plays in the middle of the field. Six shots this half for IU, just one on goal officially, but several of those were blocked by defenders. Hoosiers also have three more corner kicks. HOOSIERS 0, BRUINS 0

HALFTIME
Not unexpected, but it’s been a back-and-forth first half with both teams putting together moments of danger. For UCLA, that’s consisted primarily of some shots from distance, so far well-handled by Soderlund, as well as a few chancy crosses and throws that didn’t find their target.

On Indiana’s side, the ball movement has been crisp at times particularly side-to-side, but the final pass and most attempts to attack vertically have been unsuccessful.

UCLA holds a 9-3 edge in shots, 3-1 in shots on goal, while IU posts a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. The Bruin defense has been much more sound, though perhaps also more conservative in approach, than it was against Notre Dame Friday. Tommy Thompson had a bit of a rough go in that first half individually, as UCLA was very physical and didn’t allow him to get in space. But he’s like a speedy running back, he only needs one crack to hit the home run. HOOSIERS 0, BRUINS 0

FIRST HALF
22:19: Nervy opening 20 minutes at times for the Indiana defense, but three nice saves by keeper Michael Soderlund, coupled with good team defending have kept UCLA off the board. Indiana took a bit to find some offensive rhythm, but finally able to put together some nice passing sequences by the midfield and create some danger. Dylan Mares had a dipping shot just tipped over the goal, and IU has had four corner kicks, including a sequence of three straight. Femi-Hollinger Janzen checking in here at the TV timeout. HOOSIERS 0, BRUINS 0

PREGAME
Back at Armstrong Stadium for the finale of the IU Classic this afternoon, as No. 1 Indiana takes on No. 9 UCLA at 2 o’clock. Hoosiers take the Classic title with a win. Notre Dame posted a 2-1 win over SMU in Sunday’s opener, an identical score to Indiana’s win vs. the Mustangs Friday. The Irish and Bruins tied 0-0 on Friday.

The Hoosiers are looking to set an attendance record with the FilltheBill promotion this afternoon. The previous record of 7,423 was set against UCLA in 2007. Armstrong Stadium hasn’t seen a crowd of more than 4,300 since.

The Bruins are looking for their first win against IU since 2000. Indiana has won the three meetings since, most recently a 5-1 win in the IU Classic in 2010, and leads the all-time series 10-7. Updates here and via Twitter. The game is also televised on the Big Ten Network.

Indiana goes with the same starting lineup as Friday in a 4-5-1 formation: GK Michael Soderlund, D Billy McConnell, Kerel Bradford, Matt McKain and Patrick Doody, MF Dylan Mares, Harrison Petts, Nikita Kotlov, A.J. Corrado and Jacob Bushue, with F Tommy Thompson. According to the starting lineups, UCLA will open in a 4-4-2.

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