Hoosiers Post 5-2 Rout of Evansville in Spring Match
April 8, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The scoring started in the 27th minute and the Indiana men's soccer team did not let up, posting a 5-2 win over Evansville in a spring exhibition match on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
Going with a 4-3-3 lineup, Indiana took a 1-0 lead on a goal from junior Alec Purdie in the 27th minute. The play was set up by a beautiful pass from freshman Nikita Kotlov, who burst through the box before squaring the ball to Purdie. Purdie then took his chance from three yards out, beating Evansville goalkeeper Robert Randant.
Freshman Harrison Petts made it a 2-0 IU lead just before the halftime break, cracking an unassisted shot from 25 yards out that froze Randant as it hit the back of the net. Indiana went into halftime with an 8-2 shooting advantage, with four of its eight shots on frame.
It did not take long for both teams to find the back of the net at the start of the second half with three goals coming in a span of three minutes. Sophomore Joe Tolen led off with his first score of the night, taking a shot from the left side after a Kerel Bradford pass for a 3-0 Indiana lead in the 48th minute. Two minutes later, Tolen found himself at the penalty spot after being taken down in the box and converted his chance to make it 4-0 Indiana at 49:23.
The Purple Aces made their way onto the scoreboard at 50:19 when Tad Kreamalmeyer played a cross from Aaron Henkle past IU goalkeeper Nate Mitchell for the score.
Purdie closed out the Indiana scoring in the 57th minute with his second goal of the night, this one set up by Tolen. Tolen made a run up the middle before laying off the ball to Purdie on the left, who sent his shot across the goal mouth and saw it sneak over the like before Randant could get a hand on it.
Mike Luttrull collected the second goal of the night for Evansville, unleashing a shot from 26 yards out that sailed over Mitchell for the score in the 79th minute.
Indiana returns to action this Tuesday as it plays host to the IUPUI Jaguars. The match will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the IU Soccer Practice Field, adjacent to Armstrong Stadium.