For the first time since 2009, IU men’s soccer left Madison, Wisconsin with a win on Sunday night as they beat the Badgers 3-1.
The win is also the sixth in a row for the Hoosiers (6-1, 1-0 Big Ten) and puts them at the top of the Big Ten table with three points.
Junior Cory Thomas gave the Hoosiers an early lead, curling in a ball from 20 yards out to score his first goal of the season, but it was a pair of seniors that combined to bury Wisconsin (2-4-1, 0-1 Big Ten).
In the 36th minute Trevor Swartz sent a cross to the far post off a set piece that Andrew Gutman was able to put in the back of the net on a deflection, something that has become commonplace for IU.
“It seems like every time I hit a set piece, either A.J. (Palazzolo) or Gutman gets a head on it,” Swartz said, “Hopefully they keep doing that.”
After allowing a goal in the 71st minute the Hoosiers responded quickly. Swartz played a ball up the right side to sophomore Griffin Dorsey, who found Gutman with a cross to extend the lead to 3-1 and give Gutman his first career multi-goal game.
The two-assist performance is the second in a row for Swartz, who currently leads the country with 8 total assists on the season.
With the big road win the Hoosiers are primed to extend their winning streak on Friday when they travel to Evansville to take on the Aces on Friday.
“First Big Ten game, that was a big one for us to get three points and get to the top of the table,” Gutman said, “Obviously, we can play better, but It’s still early in the season and we can improve. We’re going to keep rolling from here.”