Hoosiers Tie Marquette in Preseason Opener

Indiana jumped out to a 3-1 lead at the half but settled for a 3-3 tie in the exhibition opener in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The defending national champion Indiana men's soccer team traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Thursday evening to lick off their preseason against No. 12 Marquette.

After scoring three first-half goals and taking a 3-1 lead into the intermission, the top-ranked Hoosiers settled for a 3-3 tie.

The Hoosiers picked up right where they left off a year ago, as A.J Corrado scored on a cross from Harrison Petts in the fifth minute.

However, Marquette's Axel Sjoberg tied it up in the 14th minute.

There was a lot of back and forth play from both squads, and Indiana had several scoring opportunities.

Then, in the 30th minute, Jacob Bushue netted one to put IU back up 2-1.

The third Indiana goal came on a connection from two newcomers in the 38th minute. Dylan Mares, a transfer from Louisville, assisted freshman Tommy Thompson on a goal.

Thompson is the replacement for Eriq Zavaleta. Zavaleta was drafted in this year's MLS draft by the Seattle Sounders.

The Hoosiers went into the half up 3-1, but they returned to the pitch in the second half with an entirely new lineup. All 11 starters had been subbed out, which is to be expected in preseason action.

Marquette found the back of the net early in the second half, as Kelmend Islami put one home.

After several minutes of no scoring, Islami was awarded a penalty kick in the 87th minute, after Jamie Vollmer tangled with him in the box.

Islami put it home for the equalizer and knotted the score at 3-3.

Neither team attempted another shot on goal, and the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

The No. 1 ranked Hoosiers will stay in Fort Wayne, as they play No. 9 North Carolina on Saturday evening at 7.

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