Sept. 5, 2010
Courtesy of Indiana University
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University junior forward Will Bruin was unstoppable on Sunday, recording three goals as No. 20 Indiana took out No. 5 UCLA by a 5-1 score on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium as part of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.
With the win, IU improves to 1-1 on the season. The loss drops the Bruins to 1-1 on the year. The five Indiana goals is its most scored since a 6-0 victory over Butler on Oct. 19, 2005. Indiana now holds a 10-7 advantage in the series with the Bruins, having been victorious in each of the last four meetings.
Bruin recorded his first career hat trick with goals in the ninth, 58th and 68th minutes. The All-Big Ten honoree now has four goals in two matches and is well on his way to surpassing his 2009 season total of nine.
“This was a great win for the team today,” said head coach Todd Yeagley, who picked up his first win at Indiana. “To bounce back from a disappointing loss to California on Friday and come back and execute in the final third, we are really pleased with. The conviction our players played with was also great.
“We actually played better Friday, which just shows this game can be an interesting one with results. But we will take a really great performance Friday and a wonderful result today.”
Bruin’s first goal at 8:46 came off a ball from Alec Purdie that was sent in to the left side of the goal. Bruin slotted home the score to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 advantage.
UCLA answered back with a score at 25:26 when Ryan Hollingshead settled a ball that bounced around in the six-yard box, putting in a shot down the middle. The lead was short-lived as 31 seconds later Indiana earned a penalty kick when Bruin was taken down in the box. Senior Andy Adlard calmly stepped up and rifled the ball past Bruins goalkeeper Brian Rowe for what would be the game-winning score.
Indiana added some breathing room when Purdie scored his second career goal to make it 3-1 IU at 56:06. Freshman Nikita Kotlov took a shot from about 12 yards out and the rebound came off Rowe and back to Purdie, who smacked the ball into the lower right. For Kotlov it was the first assist of his collegiate career.
The route was on when just over a minute later when Bruin scored his second goal of the match at 57:16. As Purdie brought the ball up the right, Bruin made a run up the middle and slid through the UCLA defense before slotting the ball into the lower left.
Adlard set up the final goal of the match with a perfectly played ball to the foot of Bruin. Bruin danced around the goalkeeper before sending home his third goal of the day at 67:40.
“We were creating a lot of gaps and a lot of problems for (UCLA),” Adlard said. “I knew when I went in the game it would be very open and I would get a chance to set something up or maybe score another. I collected the ball and ran at the back line, and Will pulled off the defender very well, and all I had to do was make sure I put it into his correct foot.
Bruin led the Hoosiers with seven shots, six of which were on frame. Purdie, Adlard, junior Chris Estridge, freshman Blake Wise and senior Daniel Kelly had one shot each. Rowe finished with three saves for the Bruins, while Indiana goalkeeper sophomore Luis Soffner has two saves in picking up his first win of the year. Soffner made a diving save on a ball from Kelyn Rowe just five minutes into the first half and had another stop on a shot from Zack Zerrenner.
Sophomore defender Caleb Konstanski also came up big for Indiana, recording a team save when he kicked out a shot from Eder Arreola that was destined for the back of the net.