Over the weekend Bill Armstrong Stadium played host to the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic as IU men’s soccer took on a pair of ranked opponents.
On Friday the Hoosiers dominated No. 22 Dartmouth to take a 3-0 win and on Sunday they held off No. 18 UConn to win 1-0.
The first game of the weekend opened up with 20 scoreless minutes, but what followed was an offensive explosion. Senior defender Andrew Gutman opened the scoring by deflecting in a free kick taken by senior midfielder Trevor Swartz to give the Hoosiers a lead.
In the second half Gutman was causing trouble for the Big Green again. The left back played a long through ball to sophomore winger Griffin Dorsey who beat the keeper one on one to make the score 2-0.
Less than 10 minutes later senior midfielder Austin Panchot capped off the 3-0 by scoring off a deflection with his left foot.
Sunday’s match was a bit tighter. The Hoosiers applied pressure early partially thanks to the aggressive play of Dorsey. In the 41st minute Gutman rose above the defense and scored a header off of a corner from Swartz to put the Hoosiers ahead 1-0.
Much of the game was dominated by IU’s left side pairing or Gutman and sophomore midfielder Spencer Glass. They were able to generate a number of chances and apply pressure to the UConn defense seemingly at will.
In the second half the Hoosiers played a bit more conservatively and the Huskies had a few chances, but the 1-0 score stood.
With the two wins, IU’s record moves to 3-1 on the season with all four games being against ranked opponents, their lone loss came to now No. 1 Wake Forest. The Hoosiers’ scoreless streak is up to 270 minutes now after three straight shutouts which is impressive in its own right, but rather short compared to last season’s steak that set a school record and stretched over 966 minutes. The Quest for 9 continues on Friday when IU hosts VCU at Bill Armstrong Stadium.