Indiana, UC Irvine soccer battle to 1-1 tie

Indiana ends up going 1-0-1 for the weekend following a 1-1 tie with UC Irvine on Sunday afternoon.

Indiana and UC Irvine battled to a 1-1 tie today on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. staff writer Will Padgett will be filing a story from the game later in the day. In the meantime, here is the story put about by Indiana media relations.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In 110 minutes of action neither side could find a second goal as Indiana and UC Irvine played to a 1-1 tie Sunday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Indiana is 2-3-1 on the season, while Irvine moves to 3-1-2.

Despite the Anteaters having the better of the play in the opening minutes, it was the Hoosiers that took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute as freshman Tommy Thompson found the net for the second-straight match. Thompson flicked the ball on to Nikita Kotlov and his header back down was left for Thompson to smash home for the 1-0 lead.

That would turn out to be the Hoosiers' only shot attempt in the first half and Irvine was able to answer back with a sneaky free kick in the 36 minute to tie the match. Mats Bjurman took the kick from about 45 yards out, and his looping ball to the far post went untouched, catching IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund off guard as it bounced into the back of the net. The Anteaters finished the half up 9-1 in the shot tally.

The Hoosier offense came out with purpose in the second half and very nearly had the go-ahead goal less than five minutes in. Senior A.J. Corrado sent a free kick into the box and Kotlov got a head on hit, with the ball hitting the underside of the crossbar and bouncing back into the field of play.

That was one of just three shot attempts in the second half for IU as the game took a more physical turn with Irvine picking up 16 fouls, including two yellow cards, in the second half.

Senior Harrison Petts had a shot from distance saved with under 12 minutes to play in regulation, but it was the Anteaters that nearly sent the Hoosiers to another heartbreaking defeat in the final seconds of regulation. With 10 seconds to play, Lester Hayes III sent a shot off the post, and a rebound shot from Thomas Janjigian was cleared out by McConnell.

A grand total of two shots were unleashed in the two overtime periods, both coming from the Anteaters but neither a scoring threat.

The Hoosiers wrap up a four-game home stand Friday night at 7:30 when they play host to the Brown Bears on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.

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