Indiana’s men’s soccer team is 1-2 following a stunning 2-1 overtime loss at Alabama-Birmingham Friday night. Here’s the release put out by the IU media relations department about the game:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The eighth-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team was in control for 97 of the 99 minutes played tonight, but penalty kick with 46 seconds left in regulation and a header off a deflection with 17 seconds left in the first overtime gave No. 18 UAB a 2-1 win over the Hoosiers Friday night at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala.
The Hoosiers drop to 1-2 on the season while UAB improves to 3-0.
Looking at the box score you would have thought the Hoosiers had this game put away, out-shooting the Blazers 23-13 and taking 12 corner kicks to one for UAB. Ten of UAB’s 13 shots came in the final 10 minutes of action.
After a first half that saw a shot from Tommy Thompson go off the cross bar and a line drive from Nikita Kotlov saved by UAB goalkeeper Raphael Ville, Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute on a goal from A.J. Corrado.
Kotlov set up the play as he deftly carried the ball down the touchline, holding off a UAB defender on his back. He saw a wide-open Corrado in the middle of the penalty area and dished off to the senior, who slotted home his first goal of the year.
Indiana could have had an insurance score in the 69th minute when Thompson had a sitter on a pass from Kotlov but sent his attempt wide right. The Hoosiers also put the pressure on UAB in a 30-second span with 77th minute when Jacob Bushue, Harrison Petts and Dylan Mares all had shots in the 18-yard box that were blocked by UAB defenders.
With time ticking down and under a minute to play, UAB was awarded a penalty kick for what the official deemed was a bump on a UAB player by Kerel Bradford in the penalty area. Diego Navarette walked up and buried his shot to tie the game at 1-1.
The Hoosiers had two good chances in the first overtime period as with 1:20 to play Mares hit a low line drive that was just left of the frame. Indiana also had a chance to put it away when Ville came off his line and Kotlov hit a shot from 10 yards out. A defender’s clearance off the line kept the game going.
But it would be UAB celebrating the game winner as Rami Dajani's header off a deflected shot from Alex Clay would prove to be the difference at 99:43. IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund had come out and punched away the first shot, but the ball went up and over to Dajani who got in behind Soderlund to score on an open net.
The Hoosiers return to action Sunday as they play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers at 8 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The game will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network.