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IU soccer barely avoids shut out

Senior midfielder Daniel Kelly netted the Hoosiers’ lone goal with less than six minutes to play and narrowly avoided being shut out Sunday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. IU fell to Xavier, 2-1, in the their first exhibition game of the season.

“Tonight gave us a chance to look at a few different players and also a few different ways of playing,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said. “Certainly that performance was not one that was up to our standards in a lot of areas. The players know that and realize what is expected from them.”

A combination of impressive saves by Xavier goalkeeper Justin Marshall and lack of preparation time with incoming freshmen and transfers — just four days of practice — combined for the lackluster Hoosier performance.

Junior forward Will Bruin led the team with four shots on goal, two of which were denied by diving efforts from Marshall. In the second half, a sharp Bruin header clipped the crossbar and skipped high.

Kelly’s late score, which came off a rebound with 5:50 to play, was the lone Hoosier goal.
The Hoosiers finish up exhibition play with two games in Fort Wayne, Ind., this weekend. IU plays Duke at 8:10 p.m. Friday and then faces Denver at noon Sunday.

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