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Sophomore midfielder Rich Balchan is held by Louisville's Brent Rosendall while moving the ball upfield during the Hoosiers 1-0 win over the Cardinals Wednesday night a Bill Armstrong Sadium.

Hoosiers brace for must-win against Buckeyes

With two consecutive wins against top-15 teams, the IU men’s soccer team hopes to continue the momentum when it travels to Ohio State in a critical conference battle Sunday afternoon.

Senior Kevin Noschang battles Notre Dame's Aaron Maund during the Hoosiers 3-1 win over No. 9 Notre Dame Thursday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Confident Hoosiers ready to swat down Cardinals

Only five games remain before the Big Ten tournament, but the No. 22 Hoosiers aren’t about to look ahead.

Coming off a 3-1 upset win against then-No. 9 Notre Dame, IU (7-4-2) wants to build off its victory going into the match against No. 14 Louisville (9-3-2) at 7:30 p.m. today.

Sophomore forward Andy Adlard said a key component to the win was a good week of practice preceding the match. Leading up to the Notre Dame game, every Hoosier showed up motivated and prepared, Adlard said.

IU sophomore Neil Wilmarth salutes the crowd following his goal assist to Andy Adlard during the Hoosiers 3-1 win against No. 9 Notre Dame on Thursday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.


The bench players stood in their black warm-ups, some wearing red beanies, waiting for the game to end and for the celebration to begin.

The Hoosiers (7-4-2) finally lived up to past legends and current expectations as they defeated No. 9 Notre Dame 3-1 on Thursday.

Their first home victory since a 3-2 win against Big Ten foe Wisconsin on Sept. 21 and first upset of the year, Thursday’s match marked a turning point in the season.

Brushing off an away defeat to Michigan State last week, the Hoosiers entered the match ready to start a winning streak. In a team meeting this week after practice, the players and coaches discussed their strengths and weaknesses.

“It’s a game that shows the players have a feeling what’s it like to have to play a 90 minute game,” said IU coach Mike Freitag. “It’s a feeling we’ve had in other games, but now we can’t forget it.”

One strength of the Hoosiers, depth, was forced into action in the game’s opening minutes.

Sophomore defender Rich Balchan had his nose broken in a tussle in the sixth minute and left the game, Freitag said. Freshman Tommy Meyer took his place for the remaining minutes.

In the 24th minute junior defender Kevin Alston rifled the ball from 25 yards out into the right corner for his second goal of the season.

“It was a rush,” Alston said. “I didn’t really expect it. It felt great.”

Three minutes later, senior forward Kevin Noschang hit the ball into the bottom left corner.

I agree, Ring: It’s ‘time to turn that potential into something’

It’s time for the IU men’s soccer team to live up to its potential.

After opening the Big Ten campaign with an exciting 3-2 overtime win against Wisconsin, the Hoosiers dropped two of three games before getting back on track with a 2-0 victory against Butler on Tuesday night.

Soccer can be a fickle game because no matter how dominant a team is, unless that team can finish its scoring opportunities, the opponent will always be one goal away from pulling an upset.

For the Hoosiers, it’s been the type of season where good play has not always translated to wins.

Early strike sparks men's soccer to 2-0 win at Butler

This past weekend against unranked Michigan, the IU men’s soccer team was upset 1-0 after the lone Wolverine goal came less than two minutes into the match. But come Tuesday night, it was IU sophomore forward Daniel Kelly providing the early spark for the Hoosiers in their 2-0 win at Butler.

Kelly scored his second goal of the season just 11 seconds after the opening whistle was blown, when a pass back to Butler junior goalkeeper Nick Hegeman was misplayed on the wet field. Kelly rushed in on the loose ball to put it in the back of the net and give his team a one-goal advantage.

Michigan deals IU 1st Big Ten loss of 2008 season

The roller coaster continues, but for the struggling 20th-ranked IU men’s soccer team, the ride has not been thrilling.

The Hoosiers lost 1-0 to unranked Michigan on Saturday, their second straight home loss. The defeat was also IU’s second shutout loss of the season.

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IU came into the weekend’s game hoping to build on its 3-2 overtime road victory against Evansville.

But the Wolverines needed just seconds to clinch the win in the second minute, when senior midfielder Alex Morisset sent the ball in to senior forward Jake Stacy. Amid a sea of defenders, Stacy fired the ball in the right side of the net.

Freshman forward Will Bruin dribbles past Wisconsin defender Zack Lambo during a 3-2 Hoosier victory on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.  Bruin scored 2 goals to help IU defeat Evansville 3-2 Tuesday night in Evansville.

Men's soccer uses extra period heroics to thwart Purple Aces

After losing 2-1 to unranked UC-Santa Barbara, the No. 20 Hoosiers traveled to Evansville on Tuesday to prove they remain of the NCAA’s elite teams.

A 3-2 overtime win showed the team, though struggling, hasn’t gone away. IU coach Mike Freitag said IU regrouped well after losing to the Gauchos.

“It shouldn’t have been close to that (score).” Freitag said. “We played very well from start to finish. Everyone played with the intensity, the composure, the fight we needed.”

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Freshman Will Bruin, left, struggles to retain possession of the ball as Wisconsin's Eric Conklin grabs his shirt during a game on Sunday at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Offensive woes a thing of the past

As the fall season officially begins, a change is in the air for the men’s soccer team.

After last Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win against Big Ten foe Wisconsin, the No. 14 Hoosiers (4-1-2) are riding a three-game winning streak. IU has scored eight goals in the past three games after finishing three consecutive scoreless matches.

Senior IU midfielder Brad Ring plays the ball during a game verses Duke on Aug. 29 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. IU won 2-1.

West Coast trip brings ‘lift’ for IU

With two decisive victories this past weekend in Los Angeles, the men’s soccer team for the first time this season will have momentum on its side. And with Big Ten play approaching, it could not have come at a better time.

Senior forward Kevin Noschang prepares to pass the ball during the Hoosiers' 0-0 tie with Akron on Aug. 31 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Looking to rebound

Heading into his weekend matchups against No. 24 UCLA and San Diego, both in Los Angeles, sophomore midfielder Rich Balchan said he feels good about his team’s chances.

“We are moving forward and are confident going into this weekend,” Balchan said. “I’m honestly not too worried about (UCLA). If we just play our game, we will be fine.”

The No. 19 Hoosiers, 1-1-2, are hoping to rebound from a 4-0 loss this past weekend against Dartmouth in South Bend. The outcome was the largest margin of defeat in the program’s history.

IU assistant coach Todd Yeagley scans the sidelines shortly before halftime of IU’s 4-2 win against Butler on Oct. 24, 2006. Todd played on the IU men’s team from 1991-1994 under his father, legendary coach Jerry Yeagley.

Like father, like son

Not long ago, Todd Yeagley stumbled across a tape of the 1994 College Cup Championship game. He was in the IU men's soccer team locker room, looking for footage in the team's archives when he saw a copy of his last game as a college soccer player. He had never watched the game before. "I almost took it out," Todd Yeagley said, "and I said, 'No.'" The tape remains tucked away in storage, but Todd's memories of the game are vivid. He knows a victory would have been a perfect ending to his college career, a chance for him to give his father -- legendary men's soccer coach Jerry Yeagley -- another national championship to hang at the east end of Bill Armstrong Stadium.

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