On Friday night No. 2 Indiana will travel to Evansville for an in-state bout with the Purple Aces.
This will be the final stop in a three-game road trip for the Hoosiers with previous wins against No. 8 Notre Dame and most recently Big Ten foe Wisconsin on Sunday. (Insert link)
The Hoosiers travel down I-69 (nice) riding a six-game winning streak including victories over some of the top teams in the country. The Aces, on the other hand have just a single win on the season holding a 1-3-3 record. That win, however, came against their toughest opponent of the season—then 17th ranked Grand Canyon.
While this may look like a cupcake game for the Hoosiers, it gives them another opportunity to work on things before they get into the meat of conference play.
“We haven’t really put together a complete 90 minutes yet so we’re gonna be focused on that,” senior midfielder Trevor Swartz said, “Putting together two halves and trying to get a result.”
This will be key for IU as if they can put it all together they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten and at a national level. They currently only have one loss on the season which came against No. 1 Wake Forest, and it’s been repeated a couple of times by players and coach Todd Yeagley that they’ve yet to put together a complete game.
Playing Evansville is a great opportunity for IU to work on their cohesion and consistency coming off a stretch of intense matchups against quality opponents. Last season the Hoosiers took a 4-0 win over the Purple Aces in Bloomington thanks to a brace from the now departed Mason Toye and goals from Andrew Gutman and Thomas Warr as well.
Following this one, IU will host Big Ten opponents Northwestern and Penn State before traveling to Lexington for a potential top 10 matchup with rival Kentucky on October 3.
- IU leads the series 29-4-3
- IU has won the last 15 matches and hasn’t been defeated by Evansville in the last 19 (18-0-1 record)
- The last Evansville win over IU came in 1990 (I was -7 years old at the time)
- The Hoosiers are 9-4-2 all time on the road against the Aces