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Soccer Falls at Indiana in NCAA Tournament, 3-0

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 20, 2011
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Nov. 20, 2011

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Old Dominion University men's soccer team saw their season come to an end on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium at Yeagley Field as 16th-seeded Indiana defeated the Monarchs, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Monarchs end the season at 12-6-2 and were in the top-5 of the NCAA in scoring for most the 2011 season. Indiana improves to 13-3-5 and will advance to the third round to play the winner of the North Carolina and Coastal Carolina contest.

The Hoosiers came out firing on offense early and often as Indiana had several good looks on goal early in the first half. Their persistence paid off in the 17th minute when Alec Purdie drove into the box and attempted a cross that was kicked around by both teams. Unable to clear the ball, Chris Estridge was able to feed the ball to Nikita Kotlov who put it past junior goalkeeper Victor Francoz to give the Hoosiers an early lead.

Both teams would get good looks on goal early in the second half, but neither squad was able to convert until the 71st minute when Estridge was able to evade several ODU defenders. His shot would be deflected out of bounds for an IU corner kick. Patrick Doody's corner kick was then placed directly in front of Kotlov who blasted a shot past Francoz in traffic for his second goal of the game and his eighth goal in nine games to put the Hoosiers in front, 2-0.

Frustrated late, junior Alex De John was given a yellow card on a slide tackle on an Indiana player and then received a red card for arguing with the official. Playing man down, the Hoosiers quickly capitalized as Kotlov's shot was saved by Francoz, but Tim Wylie was able to corral the rebound and put in the back of the net to make it 3-0 in the 80th minute.

The Hoosiers outshot the Monarchs, 20-8, in the contest with a 13-4 advantage in corner kicks. Francoz made several key stops for ODU and totaled nine saves on the day.

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