SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
For the second meeting in a row, Indiana edged Northern Illinois' men's soccer team 1-0, Friday at the Mike Berticelli Invitational.
"Outside of the result, and a couple slip-ups, it was a good outing," head coach Steve Simmons said. "We'd loved to play these guys again."
Indiana (2-0-1), ranked fourth nationally, netted the only goal of the match in the 74th minute as sophomore midfielder Daniel Kelly found space down the left side of the box to put one just past NIU goalkeeper Joe Zimka (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs).
The Hoosiers opened play with aggressive offense, tallying three of their of their 18 shots in the first three minutes of action. Indiana totaled seven shots in the first half, two of which came on goal.
Northern Illinois put two shots on goal in the first half. The Huskies best chance came as Ben Thomas (Hamilton, Ohio/Fairfield) played a ball from the top of the penalty box right to Marcus McCarty (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge). The senior striker ripped an unimpeded shot near post, which was scooped up by IU keeper Chay Cain.
"We had a couple chances where Marcus was on the end of some shots, and that's how we want it," Simmons said.
To start the second period, an Indiana foul gave McCarty a free kick from 20 yards out on the right side. McCarty bent the chance around a four-man Indiana wall, but Cain again thwarted the opportunity.
The Huskies continue action at the Mike Berticelli Invitational, Sunday, when the face Notre Dame at 1 p.m. (CST).