Men's Soccer Analysis: Kentucky

After a match, men's soccer beat reporter Stuart Jackson will offer his thoughts and analysis. Read on to find out which individual and performances stood out to him from Friday night's 1-0 win vs. Kentucky.

Here are two things that stood out to me from No. 12 IU’s 1-0 win over Kentucky Friday night in South Bend, Ind.:

Swartz the latest freshmen to have an impact

Freshman midfielder/defender Trevor Swartz, after starting against Georgetown, was swapped out for sophomore defender Billy McConnell against Marquette in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic last weekend. Against Kentucky, Swartz would once again come off the bench much like the Marquette game. It didn’t matter, though, as he would score his first career goal and ultimately the deciding goal in the 61st minute.

The significance, aside from it being his first career goal, is that two of the Hoosiers’ three goals this season have been scored by freshmen. With how much the first-year players are contributing, it shows that they may have a bigger role than originally anticipated. The contributions by the freshmen are establishing depth early in the season.

Thompson yet again the difference maker

For the second consecutive match, sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson played a big role in the outcome of the game. After assisting on freshman Michael Riedford’s goal against Marquette on Aug. 31, Thompson once again assisted on the deciding goal of the game.

Thompson now has two assists in the first three games this season for the Hoosiers. He’s also tallied eight shots this season, which means he’s also been indirectly creating plays off those attempts. His playmaking ability is invaluable right now and will be important for this team going forward.

Look for my next analysis after Monday's match at Notre Dame against Dartmouth. My analysis of this game will be published at on Tuesday. Top Stories