Here are two things that stood out to me from IU’s 1-0 victory over Dartmouth on Monday:
• Defense records third straight shutout
Any lingering questions about the defense appeared to have been put to rest after Monday’s game. The Hoosiers recorded their third straight shutout, the first time they’ve done so since the 2012 season when they blanked their opponents in their final three matches. It seemingly doesn’t matter who IU head coach Todd Yeagley puts on the backline, they’ve been getting it done. It bodes well for the team’s depth going forward. A team this deep will allow Yeagley to make a variety of tactical changes.
• Webb continues strong play in goal
Sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb started six games last season, recording three shutouts. Three games into this season he has already matched that number. His saves have come at crucial times – most notably the penalty kick save against Dartmouth on Monday, its best chance to tie. Webb and the defense, especially the back line, feed off each other and have been communicating well during this three-game winning streak to open the season. The more confident he gets, the better he plays. His confidence will obviously be huge for the team the rest of the season.