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Indiana field hockey coach Amy Robertson talks with her team during practice at the IU field hockey complex next to Armstrong Stadium. A building at the complex houses a locker room, meeting rooms and equipment storage space. It was completed earlier this month. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Kentucky at Indiana soccer

Indiana played nearly everybody in a very dominating performance. Not much else to say. HOOSIERS 3, WILDCATS 0

12:10: Indiana getting a lot of people in the game now with sophomore Tyler McCarroll, redshirt freshman Joe Tolen and freshman Kevin Bick joining redshirt freshman Blevins on the pitch. South grad Caleb Konstanski set to check in as well. HOOSIERS 3, WILDCATS 0

26:24: Once again, it looked like a scoring chance might escape IU, but the ball wound up at the feet of Rich Balchan, who fed Adlard on the left side of the box for his second goal of the game. Just two minutes later, Will Bruin got loose down the middle of the field and laid the ball off to Nick Blevins, who volleyed the ball home. HOOSIERS 3, WILDCATS 0

We’ve completed 45 minutes of play tonight, and Indiana if firmly in control of this one. The 1-0 score really belies the dominance of the Hoosiers. IU has four shots to Kentucky’s one — that came on a wide header off a corner kick. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 0

15:58: After a near-miss when Lee Hagedorn’s cross failed to connect with Will Bruin, Eric Alexander collects the loose ball on the left side of the field and serves the ball in where Andy Adlard was waiting to head it home. Adlard replaced a shaken up Daniel Kelly eight minutes earlier, and the Hoosiers have their first first-half goal of the season. HOOSIERS 1, WILDCATS 0

30:40: Last year, Indiana scored in a record six seconds on the way to a 1-1 tie. We’re still waiting for our first shot by either side in this game. Will Bruin was down with an injury to his right leg. He’s up and walking now, but IU could ill afford to lose him.

I’m at Armstrong Stadium tonight for the Hoosiers’ first home game in over three weeks. Indiana is up to No. 9 in the rankings this week, while Kentucky comes in at No. 13. I’ll keep you updated on the happenings here all night. Also, I’ll be tweeting updates at

Hoosiers’ starting lineup is slightly different than it was when they last played at home. Senior Darren Yeagle and freshman Matt Wiet are both in the lineup in lieu of Alec Purdie and Andy Adlard. Not sure of Adlard’s status, but I’ll try to find out.

Gum-throwing incident claims no casualties

The piece of gum Bill Lynch took out of his mouth and whipped at his sideline after Saturday’s controversial interception call  apparently managed to land without causing any damage.

“I haven’t been called by any lawyer at this point,” Lynch said with a laugh when asked about the incident caught by ESPN cameras and shown both during the game and in various TV and internet highlight packages afterward. “I have no idea.”

Lynch, unsurprisingly, wasn’t looking to say much about the interception, which Indiana fans argued should have been called simultaneous possession between IU receiver Damarlo Belcher and and Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren.

“That’s part of the game,” Lynch said. “We’ve all been through it. I really do. I think as coaches and players, you learn that when it’s over, it’s over, and you move on. That’s where we are.”

Lynch said IU will not try to get any clarification or apology from the Big Ten. He said he actually never got an explanation on the play from the officials at the game Saturday.

“I didn’t talk to them,” Lynch said. “I wasn’t listening too well at that point. And really, the guys on our sideline weren’t involved in the play.”

Johnson’s injury could be long-term

Sophomore defensive end Darius Johnson didn’t play Saturday, he wasn’t on the depth chart Monday, and there’s a good chance he won’t return for sometime.

Johnson suffered a shoulder injury in last Wednesday’s practice that coach Bill Lynch said could be long-term.

“It’s unfortunate,” Lynch said. “He was really playing well. It was a practice injury, which, you hate to have practice injuries, but you’ve gotta practice hard, too. That’s an unfortunate one, because he was providing good depth at defensive end and particularly in pass rush situations and he was a very good special teams player. I don’t know how long, but it’s gonna be a while.”

Johnson injured the shoulder making a block on a kick return in practice. Long snapper Brandon Bugg, the player he hit, initially appeared to have taken the worst of it, but Johnson hasn’t played since. In three games, he’d registered eight tackles, including a sack, and a pass breakup. He was being used to give starters Greg Middleton and Jammie Kirlew a breather and to give the Hoosiers an extra rusher on obvious passing downs. (more…)

Lynch: Quiet is good

The silence on the bus told Bill Lynch that his team wasn’t satisfied with a close loss, and that was exactly what he wanted to hear.

Because that meant that Indiana didn’t mistake it’s closer-than-expected loss to Michigan on Saturday for a victory.

“You could tell on the locker room, you could tell on the bus, how quiet it was for five hours on the way home, that it really hurt,” Lynch said Monday night on his radio show. “To me, that’s a good sign. They prepared to win. They went out and it didn’t happen and they felt bad about it.”


Saturday’s game approaching sell-out

According to an Indiana spokesman, and an Indiana release that’s coming out shortly, IU is down to about 1,000 student tickets and just over 5,000 reserve seat tickets for Saturday’s game against Ohio State. This game, of course, is always close to a sell-out, but IU’s performance against Michigan certainly helps.

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