No. 2 Indiana defeated Evansville 2-0 Wednesday at McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
“Really good win tonight,” IU head coach Todd Yeagley said. “This is a rivalry game for our program. I know our alumni will be proud of this result.”
The Hoosiers (11-2-3) got on the board quickly after earning a corner kick in the 7th minute. Off the corner kick, senior defender Patrick Doody sent the ball into the box where freshman defender Grant Lillard headed the ball past the keeper for IU's first goal of the match.
Lillard’s goal was his fourth of the season.
IU’s second and final goal came from junior forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who took a pass from junior midfielder Matt Foldesy and sent it into the back of the net from six yards out in the 42nd minute. It was Hollinger-Janzen’s fifth goal of the season.
”We knew we had to be really good tonight,” Yeagley said. “I thought in certain phases we were excellent. A little bit sharper on our passing and on a few initial startups in our own possession and I thought we would’ve been in the box even more.”
Just because the Hoosiers’ goals were so far apart didn’t mean they weren’t without their chances in the first half. They outshot the Purple Aces 9-2 in the first half and finished with a 22-5 shot advantage.
IU’s defense held Evansville (5-9-1) to just three shots in the second half, all of which came in the final five minutes of regulation. More significantly, the Hoosiers’ shutout was their sixth of the season.
IU sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb finished with two saves, both of which were made in the final five minutes as well.
The game marked the first of two road games out of Indiana’s final three regular season games. Indiana closes the road trip against conference opponent Wisconsin on Saturday.
”Great win on the road for a midweek game,” Yeagley said. “We have a really tough conference match against a really good Wisconsin team on Saturday night.”