From time to time history repeats itself. Hoosier fans have seen this time and time again with the football team, but it was the men’s soccer team repeating history in a much more positive way on Friday night.
Just as they did in 2017, IU (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten) dominated Evansville (1-4-3) on the pitch behind an offensive explosion.
It didn’t take long for the Hoosiers to get out front. In the 13th minute Andrew Gutman found himself on the end of a cross from Griffin Dorsey, tapping it into an empty net for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Later in the first half it was another goal for Indiana. In the 29th minute Jordan Kleyn took a shot on goal to no avail, but Austin Panchot found the rebound and put it in the back of the net to give IU a 2-0 lead.
Just seconds later Justin Rennicks made the lead 3-0 after taking a pass from Gutman, going on a long run, and finishing past the keeper. That goal marks Rennicks’ third on the season overall, all coming in the past four games.
Just before the half the Hoosiers struck again. Rece Buckmaster sent a cross into the box for A.J. Palazzolo, who put it away for his third goal of the season.
Holding a 4-0 lead already, the Hoosiers continued to pour it on in the second half. In the 74th minute Griffin Dorsey took a pass from Gutman and put it in the back of the net to make it 5-0 with his third goal of the season.
The win marks the seventh in a row for IU, they’re now just one short of matching their longest winning streak from last season.
“It was great to get some other guys in the game tonight who work their tails off every day,” coach Todd Yeagley said, “A lot of good takeaways. The good news too, is we can play better and the team knows that.”