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No. 2 IU finishes road trip at Evansville


Coach Todd Yeagley talks to the team after its 4-0 win over Evansville last year at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Yeagley and the team will head to Evansville on Friday night.  Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

Fresh off a win in their Big Ten opener, the No. 2 Hoosiers will face another nonconference opponent on the road Friday night.

Evansville is 1-3-3 on the season, but has seen success at home. Evansville is also offering free T-shirts for each IU fan if anyone feels like supporting the home team.

Here are three things to know before IU wraps up the three-game road trip.

Home cooking

The lone win of the season for Evansville was a big one.

Evansville defeated then-ranked No. 24 Grand Canyon in the 98th minute. Off a free kick, the ball eventually found junior forward Ben Weber, who worked past the defender and scored off a tip-in.

It was Evansville's first win against a top-25 opponent since Oct. 1, 2013.

Since that last match, Evansville played two road games against Northern Kentucky and Mercer. The Aces didn’t pull out a victory, but the match against IU will be the first time back home for Evansville since that win against Grand Canyon.

Defensive woes 

Evansville allows on average 2.14 goals per game to the opposing squad.

In the six-game win streak, the Hoosiers have outscored their opponents a combined 15-2. There’s a good chance IU could have another five-goal performance like it did against VCU.

Senior defender Andrew Gutman leads the Hoosiers with five goals, and seven other players have at least a single goal. After assisting on four goals last week, senior midfielder Trevor Swartz should have plenty of chances to find more opportunities.

Fresh off a 17-shot performance against Wisconsin, IU could see a similar number against the Aces. Evansville also allows 12.9 shots per game with 46-percent of them on goal.

Ben Weber leads the way

The Aces struggle to find goals at times, but Weber has been a bright spot in the attack.

Weber leads the team with two goals and 16 shots on the season. The goals have come in two of the past three matches, and he also had an assist against IUPUI.

In the game against Grand Canyon, Weber also had four shots on goal. He doesn’t have the most minutes on the team, but he’s shown the most on the attack.

In 2016, Weber started in eight matches and had two goals before sitting out the 2017 season with an injury.

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