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Hoosiers dominate Wolverines in game

Coach Jerry Yeagley knew this day was coming.\nHe knew, eventually, his men's soccer team would break out of its offensive funk, and he knew the day it happened would be an unpleasant one for IU's opponent.\nSunday was the day.\nMichigan was the opponent.\nAnd the Wolverines indeed had an unpleasant day Sunday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. IU scored early and dominated for the full 90 minutes in a 7-0 victory.\n"I said the other night when we beat Butler 1-0, that somebody was going to catch the wrath of our offense," Yeagley said. "We were due. We had some things to prove, I think, in terms of our offense.\n"It was one of those days where everything seemed to go right. They caught us on the wrong day."\nThe Wolverines caught IU on a day when the Hoosiers successfully did things they've been trying to do all season.\nIn their first 10 games, the Hoosiers scored only one first-half goal and managed to squander many of the scoring chances they created.\nAgainst the Wolverines, IU netted five first-half goals and scored on half of its shots.\n"I think that we took a big step forward, finally getting the goals that we need in the first half and taking care of our chances," said freshman forward Lucas Christian, who scored his first career goal Sunday. "We've had a little streak of unluckiness and stuff, but (Sunday), we definitely were clicking."\nThe Hoosiers started clicking early, opening the scoring just 1:38 into the game.\nSenior forward Matt Fundenberger scored the opening goal, placing a penalty kick just inside the left post. The referee awarded IU the penalty kick after Fundenberger beat two defenders and was taken down in the penalty area.\nThe goal, Fundenberger's fifth of the season, foreshadowed a breakout performance by both IU and Fundenberger himself.\nWith 20:42 left in the first half, junior midfielder Ryan Mack fed Fundenberger the ball from 15 yards out, and Fundenberger beat Michigan goalkeeper Albert Geldres to the near post.\nFundenberger then recorded his third career hat trick three minutes later, heading in a cross from sophomore midfielder Marcus Chorvat.\n"Fundy, you know, he's scored a lot of big goals," Yeagley said. "He's been frustrated this year. It was just his day. In the offensive third, if people get him the ball, he'll put it away.\n"And his teammates found him (Sunday). And he was moving. You could tell before the game, his vibes were on."\nFundenberger's good vibes rubbed off on sophomore forward Michael Bock with 14:56 remaining in the first half.\nSophomore midfielder Phil Presser played a ball to Fundenberger, who collected the pass with his back to goal. Fundenberger played the ball to his right, and Bock hit the shot low and to the near post for a 4-0 IU lead.\nChristian closed the first half scoring with 8:02 remaining, when he calmly received a ball from sophomore midfielder Pat Noonan and placed a shot past Geldres.\nIU's dominance continued in the second half, with Mack making the score 6-0 at the 56:56 mark. Mack and Noonan both assisted on the final goal, scored by freshman defender David Prall.\nPrall's goal capped IU's best offensive showing since 1996, when the Hoosiers beat Northwestern 11-1.\n"I think (Sunday) we came out right from the get-go, and we were going to take it to them," Fundenberger said. "This was our breakthrough game that we needed to get the confidence, you know, that we've had in years past. \n"We just came out, and we took it right to them," he added. "We finished all our opportunities. We were keeping possession of the ball. This game is big for us, going forward"

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