Communication Key in Hoosiers Moving Forward

As the Hoosiers look to end their losing streak, they must make subtle changes to make the difference in the results.

As the Indiana men's soccer team comes off its third straight overtime loss, some might think that drastic changes need to be made in order to change around the current 1-3 record.

Todd Yeagley disagrees.

"We have 14 regular season games. That's a lot of opportunities to get quality wins," he said.

The next opportunities will come this weekend at home, when the Hoosiers host CSU Bakersfield on Friday and UC Irvine on Sunday. While the two teams may not be of the highest tier, that doesn't mean the Hoosiers will be taking them lightly.

"We scout other teams, we go over their tendencies, but right now, we are focused on us, Yeagley said. "We need to be a more balanced team, have a better shape in the counter attack, and rotate the ball a bit more efficiently."

Before their match against West Virginia, the Hoosiers had scored only three goals in the same number of matches. Against the Mountaineers, they finally got the monkey off their back, putting in four during regulation, but falling after allowing a fifth goal in the second overtime period.

The lack of goal production is not that Indiana hasn't been able to create chances. The chances they have created have, for the most part, been just out of reach of the final touch or a misread of an off the ball run.

"We have shown the ability to be box dangerous, now we just need to be goal dangerous," Yeagley said. "We have had about 40 corners, that's a lot in four games. It shows we have gotten into deep possessions."

The Hoosiers will need to use these abilities in order to right the ship. With arguably the most talent in the midfield, Indiana only needs to put together a full 90 minute performance to start putting tallies in the win column.

"It's tough to grasp, because have been playing good soccer and we just haven't been getting results," Harrison Petts said. "But we know that if we keep at what we are doing and keep playing well, the results will follow."

This doesn't take a massive overhaul though. Yeagley pointed to the fact that this team lost two of its great communicators, Caleb Konstanski and Luis Soffner, this past season, and that once the team learns how to communicate throughout the entire match, the decisions will fall in their favor.

"We are playing some of the best soccer I've seen in my years here," Yeagley mentioned. "Even if we were 4-0, which we very well could be, we would be having the same conversations we are having now. This team expects to win."

Against CSU Bakerfield and UC Irvine this weekend, the Hoosiers will be the favorites entering both matches. With the entire team focused and honing in on what they need to do, wins are definitely ready for the taking.


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