It took a considerable amount of time, but once the Indiana men’s soccer team got on the scoreboard, its offense began to pour it on.
The No. 10 Hoosiers defeated the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals 3-0 Tuesday at Lynn Stadium. It was IU's third multi-goal game of the season.
”Great result tonight,” IU head coach Todd Yeagley said. “3-0 against a very good Louisville team on the road. It was great.”
IU (7-1-3) got on the board late in the first half, when freshman defender Grant Lillard scored his second goal of the season off a long throw-in from senior midfielder Jamie Vollmer in the 37th minute.
After assisting on the Hoosiers’ first goal of the match, Vollmer would find the back of the net in the second half. Senior defender Patrick Doody sent in a cross that was headed in by Vollmer in the 52nd minute.
Vollmer’s goal was his third of the season. Junior forward Andrew Oliver would score the team’s third and final goal in the 59th minute, which was also his first of the season.
”We had time and space once we broke their wave, and executed fantastically,” Yeagley said. “Nice to see Oliver get on the board for his first.”
The Hoosiers’ three-goal difference marked its largest margin of victory this season, surpassing the two-goal margin victory it had over Central Florida on Sep. 24. and Saint Louis on Oct. 1.
The shutout streak was renewed thanks to the efforts of IU sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb, who finished the match with six saves.
”I thought Colin Webb was tremendous,” Yeagley said. “And the two or three big saves he’s got to make – their front four is as good as there is in the country, so we need we would be tested with our keeper tonight.”
Louisville (5-4-1) had its fair share of opportunities, as it tallied 12 shot attempts on Webb. The Cardinals were narrowly outshot, however, as the Hoosiers finished with 13.
”I thought it was a comprehensive effort,” Yeagley said. “I thought we defended with great execution. We took away what they like to do. We pressed them, we made them play in spots they didn’t like to play.”
The Cardinals had two opportunities to cut into the Hoosiers’ lead late in the second half.
Junior forward Ricardo Velazco had a one-on-one opportunity in the 78th minute, but couldn’t convert as his shot across the goal was saved by Webb. Junior forward Shane Campbell’s header attempt in the 85th minute would also be denied by Webb.
“It’s a lot of the same that we’ve been getting,” Yeagley said. “We’re getting great team defending, we’re getting good individual defending against really good teams.”
Yeagley said this will be a big win for his team’s tournament resume moving forward.
”I’m really happy for our guys for our guys to get this,” he said. “This was a big game at this point in the season against a talented Louisville team.”Men's Soccer Preview: Louisville
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