Top-ranked IU falls to No. 9 UCLA, 1-0

When Indiana and UCLA meet on the pitch, the game is always one that keeps coaches, players, and fans on the edge of their seats. This one was no different.

The final match of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic between the Indiana Hoosiers and UCLA Bruins had a little bit of everything.

From physical play to several good scoring chances gone awry to a game winner in the first minute of overtime by forward Victor Chavez to give the Bruins a 1-0 victory.

The match had been promoted as the "Fill the Bill" event, where the fans would make an attempt at breaking the attendance record for a soccer match at Bill Armstrong Stadium. IU set the record Sunday with a crowd of 7,720, 297 more than the previous record. The game was also against UCLA.

The first half showed nothing of true promise for either side, save for some corner kicks and long throw-ins by UCLA that were seen safely away by IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund. The early going had seen Tommy Thompson struggle to get good touches on the ball as he attempted to work around a defense much taller than his 5-7 frame. Though he would get pushed around often, he never gave up on a single play, sometimes leading to second chances for the freshman forward.

In the second half, the Hoosier strategy changed, and instead of being direct and trying to push the pace towards goal, they took the time to make better passes and found space on the wings, which led to several good scoring opportunities off of crosses that Indiana just could not put away.

The best chance of the game came in the second half when Thompson broke away into the 18-yard box of the Bruins and was pulled down by Joe Sofia, who was given a red card for the foul, and the Hoosiers were awarded a penalty kick.

The PK was taken by Dylan Mares, a midfield transfer from Louisville. His shot ended up being a slow bouncer, well within the reach of Bruin keeper Earl Edwards, Jr., who kept the score sheet clean for his second shutout of the year.

With the end of regulation saw the score tied at zero, Hoosier fans felt confident that it was only a matter of time before the missed chances they saw in the second half made way for a game winner.

UCLA started with the ball in overtime, and it quickly made its way straight into the Hoosiers' half, as being down to 10 men following the red card wasn't in the Bruins' favor. A pass into the box fell between Chavez and Soderlund, who had been on point all game at coming off of his line to keep balls from being too dangerous. His sliding challenge didn't push the ball far enough away from the striker, as he found the ball again and placed a one-touch shot past the line and shocked the No. 1 Hoosiers.

Indiana (1-1-0) will resume play on Friday, when it will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to take on UAB.

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