JAGS YIELD TWO LATE GOALS IN 2-1 PRESEASON LOSS TO NIU
August 20, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANAPOLIS - One bad minute led to the IUPUI men's soccer team's demise as the Jaguars dropped a 2-1 decision to Northern Illinois in preseason action at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on a muggy Tuesday (Aug. 19) night. The Jaguars held the lead for the majority of the match after Lance Davis scored on a penalty kick in the 20th minute, but NIU tallied twice in a 28-second spurt to ultimately win, 2-1.
NIU's Isaac Kannah tied the match in the 75th minute on an 18-yard drive and then set up the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute. This time, the NIU senior attacker carried the ball up the left side before shuffling a pass towards Andrew Palumbo in the middle of the penalty area. After initially being stopped, Palumbo regained possession and poked a shot past sophomore goalie Christian Lomeli for the game-winner.
Play was halted just more than two minutes later due to lightning in the area and never resumed, although the two sides waited nearly an hour to make a final determination.
"We wanted to get to see a lot of the young guys play," IUPUI Head Coach Isang Jacob said. "They had the momentum and scored the second goal right away, so there's a lot of learning to do. We just didn't do a good job of defending and hopefully we become better at that. They were a better team. We were flat.
"It was a good opportunity to have a lot of people get to play."
A pair of newcomers set the table for the Jaguars' lone goal as freshman back Luke Sartino sent a well timed ball ahead of Usen, igniting a breakaway opportunity. Having beaten his defender, Usen was pulled down from behind with only goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser to beat. The head official immediately signaled for a PK and Davis, a captain, capitalized. After a short hesitation in his approach, Davis easily rolled a shot past Glaeser to open the day's scoring.
However, Kannah capped the day's efforts. After an extended rest, the elusive NIU attacker came off the bench in the second half and immediately flipped the outcome in the Huskies' favor.
"He just has speed and he finds the pocket," Jacob said of the NIU forward. "We just have to do a better job of defending those special players. He's a special player. He did what he's supposed to do - he scored a goal and got an assist."
Junior goalie Eduardo Cortes played more than 60 scoreless minutes before Lomeli allowed the two goals down the stretch. Cortes opened play with a highlight reel stop in the game's sixth minute, diving to his right and getting a mitt on a Chris Paton drive in the game's early going.
The Jaguars will conclude the two-game preseason slate on Friday (Aug. 22) when they host SIU Edwardsville at 7:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. The match is free and open to the public.