Indiana takes care of Michigan
Coming off of wins over Valparaiso and Duquesne, the Michigan men’s soccer team was feeling energized entering Saturday night’s matchup at Indiana.
However, that feeling was short-lived, as the Wolverines (2-2-2 Big Ten, 7-4-3 overall) were left to rue their missed chances in Bloomington, falling to the Hoosiers, 1-0.
The teams traded chances early on, as Michigan freshman midfielder Francis Atuahene and fifth-year senior midfielder Colin McAtee rifled shots toward the Indiana goalkeeper. Soon after, Indiana midfielder Phil Fives forced an early save from Michigan goalkeeper Evan Louro.
The openness to the match allowed both teams to amp up the pressure, and in the 17th minute, Indiana (2-3-1, 9-4-2) struck first. A corner was whipped into Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who flicked the ball toward the back post, finding the head of Grant Lillard, who put it home. The well-taken first goal was a harbinger of continued Indiana offensive forays into Michigan territory in the half.
Hollinger-Janzen caused Louro numerous problems in the opening frame, peppering multiple shots at the keeper.
In the second half, Michigan quickly fell on its heels as the Hoosiers continued to threaten on offense. Hollinger-Janzen and Austin Panchot once again forced Louro into action as the Wolverine keeper did all he could to keep the margin at one.
As the half went on, it was all Indiana, as Hollinger-Janzen launched shots at the Michigan net from all angles.
The Wolverines had little response on offense until senior forward William Mellors-Blair cannoned a shot off the crossbar in the 57th minute.
That was the closest Michigan came the rest of the night.