It was déjà vu all over again for the Indiana men’s soccer team.
Only this time, the result was a more positive one.
The Hoosiers played to a 1-1 double OT draw with No. 9 Georgetown Friday night before a crowd of 4,911 at Bill Armstrong Stadium in the season opener for both teams in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.
“I thought (the way we battled today) was awesome,” sophomore forward Tanner Thompson said. “Last year we had a couple of losses in overtime. We were always going for that win obviously in the overtime periods, but to hold a tie is a little bit of a confidence booster too.”
IU (0-0-1) appeared to in control when junior forward/midfielder Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored off a rebound off a save by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez in the 26th minute (0-0-1).
Nearly five minutes later, IU junior forward Andrew Oliver had a shot from point-blank range after getting past his defender but he sent it over the crossbar.
“We needed to convert that chance we got with Andrew,” IU head coach Todd Yeagley said. “That changes the game at that point.”
Georgetown junior forward Brandon Allen would respond in the second half, finding the back of the net in the 58th minute. Allen also had a chance to score the game-winning goal with 7:07 remaining in the first overtime period, but couldn’t connect on the cross from teammate and sophomore forward Alex Muyl.
“Everytime Allen got near our box, I’m getting a little bit heavier in breath,” Yeagley said. “He’s good. No different than (former IU forward Will) Bruin in his junior year. He gets the ball and people are worried. Those are big time players.”
Both Allen and Muyl challenged the Hoosiers the entire match, as they recorded five and two shots respectively against an IU defensive back line featuring three of the 13 newcomers.
Yeagley said he was pleased with the performance of the back line.
“We typically never make a change in the back,” Yeagley said. “Not our typical rotation where we rotate, but maybe with this team it’s going to be required. And in the end, if we get results, that’s what we’ll need to do.
One of the players in that rotation was freshman defender Grant Lillard, who got the start at centerback. Senior defender Patrick Doody praised Lillard for his performance.
“Grant’s awesome,” Doody said. “He’s a big time player, he’s going to have an awesome career. Just gives us a sense of calmness for how big he is.”IU went 1-5-2 in overtime games played last season. Five of those eight games went to double overtime, resulting in three losses and two ties.
For now, though, that appears to be a thing of the past.
“It’s a huge result for us,” Doody said. “Last year, for some reason, that would’ve most likely ended up being a loss. So for a brand new team like we have, to hold on to the draw and get a result against one of the best teams we’ll play all year, that says a lot about our team now.
“Like we just said, we have no where to go but up.”