It’s the end of February, but it feels like fall, what with both soccer teams and the volleyball squad all in action over the weekend.
Here’s a quick recap to start your week:
Bezerra powers men’s soccer to season-opening victory
The belated start to the 2020-21 soccer season was worth the wait for Victor Bezerra. The sophomore forward scored a first-half brace in Friday’s match against Wisconsin to lead the No. 7 Hoosiers to a 3-0 win at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
Though he started his day with a miss from the top of the box, Bezerra found the net moments later off of a redirected cross from fellow forward Ryan Wittenbrink in the 39th minute of the opening half. Four minutes after that, Bezerra stuck one in the upper right corner for the brace, marking the third multi-goal outing of his career. Senior forward Thomas Warr capped IU’s scoring just after halftime, scoring on a redirected cross sent his way by sophomore Herbert Endeley.
In preserving the shutout, sophomore keeper Roman Celentano made three saves for the Hoosiers, who are 6-0-4 against Wisconsin over their last 10 matches. IU is back at it on Tuesday afternoon against Ohio State at Grand Park.
Volleyball drops 2 at Penn State
Volleyball trips to Penn State are always tough, and this one was no different. Against the No. 8 Nittany Lions, IU won just one set over two matches in a weekend sweep in State College.
A 27-25 victory in Friday’s second set was IU’s first set win against Penn State since 2012, with kills from Tommi Stockham and Breana Edwards propelling Indiana across the finish line. It would be the Hoosiers’ lone triumph of the weekend. IU, however, was competitive over the final two sets on Saturday, leading 18-17 in set two and tying set three 19-19. Yet Penn State took control late and dominated the stat sheet on the second night, holding a 52-31 advantage in kills, a .364-.170 advantage in hitting percentage, a 5-1 advantage in aces and a 7-4 upper hand in blocks.
For the weekend, Stockham totaled 26 kills.
Women’s soccer drops opener at Northwestern
Northwestern’s Aurea Martin scored the only goal of Friday’s season-opening match in the 85th minute, lifting the Wildcats to a 1-0 win over Indiana.
Oliwia Wos and Avery Lockwood each put two shots on net for the Hoosiers, while senior keeper Bethany Kopel made four of her five saves during the first half.
Women’s basketball back this week after schedule change
Teri Moren’s club was originally slated for a home game against Iowa on Sunday afternoon. But due to some conference-wide schedule rearrangements, that game was pushed to March 3.
The Hoosiers will be back on the court on Wednesday night at Wisconsin.