Hoosiers look to rebound

The IU men's soccer team will look to put one in the win column this Friday when it will load the buses and travel south to UAB.

The Indiana Hoosiers will look to bounce back after their disappointing 1-0 loss to UCLA while on their first road trip. The stage for the away match will be Birmingham, Ala., against the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

UAB has moved up in the polls following a strong showing in its opening weekend. The Blazers ran through their games against VCU and High Point, finishing with wins of 4-0 and 5-1, respectively. Having that win against a ranked VCU team pushed UAB up into the national rankings, coming in this week at No. 18.

The attack of UAB runs through its two forwards, Diego Navarrete and Freddy Ruiz. The two have combined for six of the team's nine goals, already surpassing their production from last season. The other three tallies on the score sheet have come from Rami Dajani and Patrick Huang. Huang is the only midfielder to be included in the scoring.

Not to be outdone is the UAB defense. Against VCU, the Blazers allowed a total of 12 shots, but not a single ball was on goal. The bookend match against High Point saw fewer total shots in seven, but three were placed on frame.

Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Patrick Doody are the only two who have scored for Indiana, but there were plenty of opportunities for others, including a saved penalty kick taken by Dylan Mares. The offense looks to be on the cusp of breaking out of its slumber, and having all week to prepare will give the Hoosiers ample time to work on putting the finishing touches on what have been superb chances.

The Hoosiers come into the game sporting a 1-1 record after allowing a golden goal in the first minute of overtime after holding then-No. 9 UCLA to a scoreless draw in regulation. Over the weekend Hoosier fans got to see freshmen Tommy Thompson, Tanner Thompson, and Billy McConnell step onto the pitch in the Cream and Crimson and put their mark on the matches both offensively and defensively. All three will be key in getting the team back on track.

The game will kickoff at 7:30 pm local time on Friday, Sept. 6.


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