Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
MORNING BRIEFING: Inspired Indiana fights back
by Paul Kennedy, October 17th, 2008 11:30AM
Subscribe to College Soccer Reporter

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Unranked after losing three of its last five games, including its first two Big Ten matches, Indiana recovered to knock off No. 16 Notre Dame, 3-1, on Thursday night in Bloomington.

With the win the Hoosiers improve to 7-4-2 on the season and are 2-0-2 against top-25 teams in 2008.

"Tonight we played a nice, even-keel game," said head coach Mike Freitag. "We played well defensively and took care of things offensively. Today we were balanced and took our chances well."

Kevin Alston got IU going with a blast from 25 yards in the 24th minute and Kevin Noschang added to the Hoosiers' tally less than three minutes later with a shot from point-blank range.

"As a team we felt we were underrated coming into this match," Noschang said. "We were the underdog and we are not used to that. We wanted to come out and show everyone in the country what we can do."

Michael Thomas reduced the deficit with Notre Dame's lone goal in the 38th minute, but the inspired Hoosiers answered right back in the 42nd minute as Andy Adlard and Neil Wilmarth connected to send Adlard through to make it 3-1 in favor of Indiana.

"Defensively I thought we had good organization and were talking with each other and shifting over at the right times," Alston said. "If the backs are communicating with everyone, I think you will see a good effort all round."

The only downside of the game came in the sixth minute when U.S. U-20 defender Rich Balchan had to leave the game after taking a blow to the nose. Freshman Tommy Meyer stepped in for the rest of the match.

Indiana is now 7-4-2, while Notre Dame fell to 8-4-1.

"I felt like it was a very close game," said Irish coach Bobby Clark. "I thought we opened the game as well as we've ever opened a game down here at Indiana. All three of their goals were very good. The first one was a heck of a hit and then they came back with another one. Michael Thomas had a fabulous goal to make it 2-1, but before we knew what happened they made it 3-1."

Next up for IU: another nonconference top-25 opponent in No. 10 Louisville at home next Wednesday. Notre Dame returns home for a Big East showdown with Providence on Sunday.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Men's College Cup: Stanford repeats as national champ    
Stanford repeated as the NCAA Division I men's champion, winning its second shootout in three days ...
NSCAA All-Americans: NCAA Division I Men    
Men's College Cup runner-up Wake Forest placed three seniors on the 2016 NSCAA NCAA Division I ...
NSCAA All-Americans: NAIA    
Hastings sophomore Daniel Whitehall (34 goals and added nine assists) and Northwestern Ohio sophomore Camilla Andersen ...
NSCAA All-Americans: Junior College Division I    
Tyler sophomore Yazeed Matthews and Monroe freshman Eleni Markou were named the 2016 NSCAA Junior College ...
NSCAA All-Americans: Junior College Division III    
Richland sophomore Mikkel Rohde and Diablo Valley sophomore Katie McLaughlin were named the 2016 NSCAA Junior ...
Making a List: NCAA Division I women's champions    
USC became the first Pac-12 team and just fourth team to win more than one NCAA ...
Women's College Cup: USC stuns West Virginia    
USC got two late goals from Mexican international Katie Johnson to beat top-ranked West Virginia, 3-1, ...
NAIA: Hastings and NW Ohio take championships    
A pair of subs teamed up to give Hastings its second NAIA men's title over Rio ...
NCAA Division III: Tufts and Washington capture crowns    
Tufts won its second NCAA Division III men's championship in three years, while Washington (Mo.) captured ...
NCAA Division II: Wingate and WWU claim first titles    
Wingate and Western Washington won their first national championships in soccer when they captured the men's ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives