A saved penalty kick was the difference as No. 10 Indiana defeated Ohio State 2-1 Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The Hoosiers (8-1-3, 2-1-1 Big Ten) scored their first goal of the match in the second half when junior midfielder Femi Hollinger-Janzen connected on a cross from junior forward Andrew Oliver from six yards out. It was Hollinger-Janzen’s third goal of the season and Oliver’s first assist of the year.
IU maintained this lead until Ohio State was awarded a penalty kick in the 77th minute. Junior Kyle Culbertson converted to tie the score 1-1.
The tie did not last long, as freshman forward Jay McIntosh scored his first goal of the season to put the Hoosiers up 2-1 less than a minute later. It was McIntosh’s first career goal. The goal was scored off a long pass from redshirt senior midfielder Jamie Vollmer, who recorded his team-leading fourth assist of the season.
”The guys were challenged at half,” said IU coach Todd Yeagley. “I thought they responded really well with a good 25-30 minutes in the second half.”
McIntosh’s goal also was one of seven shot attempts IU had in the second half.
”I really liked the response,” Yeagley said. “We started to play much better in the second half.”
Ohio State (4-5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) had one more chance to tie the game in the 89th minute, when it was awarded a penalty kick. But IU sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb saved Culbertson’s shot to give the Hoosiers the win.
It was Webb’s second penalty-kick save of the season. Both saves preserved one-goal victories for IU.
”Two PKs called, it was tough to handle,” Yeagley said. “And then Colin, to make the save that we needed to have late in the game on that second penalty kick call, was tremendous.”
The win over Ohio State marked the third consecutive victory for IU.
”The game didn’t have tons of flow, wasn’t the prettiest game this year,” Yeagley said. “But it was a necessary result for us to keep moving forward in the Big Ten in the top tier, and keeps us moving in the right direction with this young group.”