After setting a season-high for goals scored in a game last Saturday vs. Rutgers, Indiana apparently wasn’t done.
No. 17 IU defeated Central Florida 4-2 on Wednesday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers’ four goals were a new season high.
”It was a different night,” senior defender Patrick Doody said. “We weren’t at our sharpest. We could’ve handled that a lot better, but I’m really happy that we had four good goals.”
The high-scoring output was indicated early on in the match thanks to IU senior midfielder Jamie Vollmer, who scored just two minutes and 41 seconds into the match. The goal was Vollmer’s first of the season.
”Jamie’s finish is not easy,” IU head coach Todd Yeagley said. “Coming across your body like that, he kept it on frame real well.”
It wasn’t long before Central Florida (1-5-1) would respond. Junior midfielder Jake Weiss’ shot from 18 yards out found the back of the net to equalize the match at one.
The Hoosiers (5-1-2) would strike back quickly, though, with back-to-back goals by freshman midfielder Trevor Swartz and senior defender Patrick Doody in the 32nd and 33rd minutes respectively.
IU freshman defender Grant Lillard scored the fourth and final goal, a header off a cross from sophomore defender Billy McConnell. The goal came shortly after junior forward Romario Williams scored from 18 yards out to cut the Knights’ deficit to one.
“I think it (the fourth goal) really killed their vibe a little bit,” Lillard said. “They started to not work as hard as they were before. So it was an important goal, a good way to seal the win for us.”
The goal was also the first of Lillard’s Hoosier career.
”It was nice,” he said. “I feel like I’ve missed a lot of opportunities this year, so it was good to get the first one and get the goal scoring going.”
Lillard was not the only freshman who made played an important role in the game.
Swartz scored the go-ahead goal in the first half. Freshman defender Jack Griffith played 31 minutes at midfield, while redshirt freshman Brad Shaw provided relief at forward and with his 13 minutes of playing time.
”Brad, Trevor, you can go through the list,” Yeagley said. “These guys are making big impacts.”
While underclassmen made major contributions for the Hoosiers, it was the upperclassmen for the Knights who provided the scoring. In addition Weiss, Romario Williams scored for Central Florida.
Williams also finished with six shots, three of which were on goal.
”He (Williams) is probably to be in the MLS (Major League Soccer) sooner rather than later,” Doody said. “We just got lazy, we weren’t at our sharpest and they made us pay for it.”
Yeagley also spoke highly of Williams’ performance.
“He’s a really nice player,” Yeagley said. “He’s very athletic.”IU’s attacking play was similar to that of Williams’. It finished with 12 shots, six of which were on goal – a ratio that mirrored the Rutgers game last Saturday in which nine of the 17 shots were on goal.
Even though players said it wasn’t their best performance, they still recognized the significance of the result.
”This was definitely probably one of the flukier scores we’ve had all year,” Doody said. “So the fact that we still got the result even without our best performance is important.”