August 14, 2012
Hoosiers, Flames draw 1-1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. A come-from-behind goal with less than 20 minutes left to play in the match gave the Indiana Hoosiers a 1-1 tie with the visiting UIC Flames in an exhibition match Tuesday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
I thought tonight was a good activity for us, getting to play a different opponent, said head coach Todd Yeagley. UIC is a quality opponent with some very good individuals. We had some specific goals tonight with different combinations, different lineups and I thought when we had the returning group with some newcomers we were certainly dynamic and created some very good chances.
We were able to make some changes to see where we are with our team depth, and I think this may be the deepest group we have had since we returned here a few years ago.
In a game that was played in three 30-minute periods, Indiana did not get on the board until the 72nd minute when reserve Kyle Sparks knotted things up at 1-all. The play began with sophomore Dylan Lax making a run up the right side. As he saw Sparks making a run up the left, Lax switched fields, laying in a perfectly-played ball that Sparks slotted homeunder goalkeeper Goran Ikic.
It was the Flames that got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 67th minute with a strike from Ivan Stanisavljevic. The senior crossed up his defender as he took the ball to the right of the net near the goal line, weaving his way around to take an open shot into the lower left corner.
Indiana finished with a 16-6 shot advantage, with both teams tallying an even four shots on frame. Senior Luis Soffner and redshirt freshman Sean Weidman split time in the net for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers came out firing in the first period, withjunior Nikita Kotlov unfurling a strike in the 9th minute that had to be cleared off the line by a defender. With just under six minutes to play in the period, junior A.J. Corrado had an open look but sent his attempt right into the hands of goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski.
Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta thought he had a goal less than 30 seconds into the second period as he broke free of a defender, but the tight angle of the shot led to a bounce off the right post. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen blasted an attempt from distance that forced a kick save from Kikolski.
Senior defender Caleb Konstanki found himself open and on frame with 11 minutes to play in the second period, but he placed his attempt wide left.
Freshman Andrew Oliver earned a start in the midfield, while newcomers Derek Creviston, Hollinger-Janzen, T.J. Popolizio, Richard Ballard and Drew Schall also saw action.
Indiana wraps up preseason play this Saturday as it travels to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face Chivas de Guadalajara as part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. ET in a game that will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel.