August 26, 2012
BRACE OVER BEARCATS
Zavaleta's pair leads Indiana to 3-0 win
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A pair of goals from sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta and a third from senior defender Caleb Konstanski led Indiana to a 3-0 victory over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at the Billiken Classic.
With a perfect 2-0 record the Hoosiers take the Billiken Classic title.
“It was a good result today,” said Hoosiers head coach Todd Yeagley. “We are very pleased to come in here and leave 2-0. I liked our response in thesecond half. We had a lot of the ball the entire game but I thought our energy and running was not sharp enough in the first half. When we started to break them down in the second half we started to see more dynamic ball movement.”
T.J. Popolizio made an immediate impact upon entering the game in the 63rd minute. After an early shot that went high, the Brown transfer set up the scoring play from Zavaleta in the 68th minute. Popolizio sent a ball into the box, with Zavaleta getting off a shot. That attempt was blocked, but the rebound fell right to Zavaleta’s right foot, where he calmly placed it into the lower left corner for his second goal in as many matches.
The Hoosiers continued to pressure the goal and it paid off in the 83rd minute with the first goal of the season from Konstanski. Junior midfielder Jacob Bushue played the ball down the end line and into the box, where Konstanski popped it past UC goalkeeper Taylor Hafling.
Zavaleta closed out the scoring less than two minutes later when a handball was called in the box. His penalty kick went into the lower right corner while Hafling went left.
That was goal number three on the season for Zavaleta, who is coming off a 10-goal freshman season.
Much like Friday against Saint Louis, it was a slow start to the match with just one shot in the first 10 minutes, but seven fouls between the two schools.
Zavaleta had the first shot of the day for the Hoosiers, heading a corner kick from A.J. Corrado high. In the 23rd minute, Zavaleta fired off a rocket from 20 yards out that nicked off the top of the cross bar.
Less than a minute later Zavaleta sent in a ball from the left wing for Harrison Petts, whose header was saved by Hafling.
The Hoosiers subbed liberally in the first half, with Drew Schall, Joe Tolen, Kyle Sparks and Femi Hollinger-Janzen all entering the match.
In the 43rd minute Femi Hollinger-Janzen had a look on frame that Hafling was able to bounce in front of himself for the save. With the ball spilling out there wasn’t a Hoosier in the area to take advantage of the free ball.
Indiana took control of the match in the final 20 minutes of the first half, maintaining possession and making itself a nuisance around the UC net. But the Hoosiers had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard with a 0-0 score line at the break.
Indiana had six shots to the Bearcats’ two, with two on-frame looks for IU and none for UC.
A dominating second-half performance gave the Hoosiers a 16-5 advantage in the shot tally, with five on-goal looks for IU and two for the Bearcats.
Indiana held the Bearcats without a shot from the 18th minute until the 57th minute when a shot from John Manga was blocked.
Dylan Lax made his first career start, getting the nod at left back. Richard Ballard made his collegiate debut, starting the second half in the midfield. Senior Tim Wylie also made his 2012 debut in the match.
Indiana returns home this weekend to play host to the annual adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. Notre Dame and San Diego State open things on Friday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the Hoosiers and Clemson at 7:30 p.m. ET.