Bloomington, Indiana – October 15, 2023
Karsen Henderlong’s late efforts took the Indiana men’s soccer team to its third consecutive victory, securing a 2-1 win over Ohio State on Sunday. The match took place at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The win solidified Indiana’s (6-3-4, 2-1-2 B1G) standing in the Big Ten, propelling them to fourth place in the league with eight points. The win marked Indiana’s second consecutive victory in the Big Ten, putting them just two points behind the co-leaders Northwestern, Penn State, and Michigan State.
Senior defender Joey Maher set the stage early, slotting in a penalty kick in the 16th minute, following a setup by junior forward Samuel Sarver. Ohio State (3-5-5, 1-3-1 B1G) fought back and equalized in the 66th minute with their solitary shot on goal, deflecting it past IU senior goalkeeper JT Harms. It was Henderlong’s third goal in four games, breaking the deadlock in the 82nd minute, thanks to assists from Maher and Sarver.
In a match filled with key moments, it was a closely contested battle:
- 16′ – Joey Maher calmly converted the go-ahead goal from the penalty spot after Sarver was brought down by Ohio State’s defense.
- 21′ – Indiana had a chance to double its lead but came close to scoring as Hugo Bacharach’s shot went just wide.
- 50′ – Tommy Mihalic tested Ohio State’s keeper, Max Trejo, with a well-placed shot from the top of the box.
- 65′ – Ohio State made a late push with several attempts from distance, but Deylen Dellios’ deflected strike found the back of the net.
- 82′ – Henderlong’s decisive goal, initiated by Sarver, secured the victory. Maher’s touch set up Henderlong to drive the ball into the near post.
Indiana’s October winning streak continues, as the Hoosiers are now undefeated in the month at 3-0-1. Their record against Ohio State stands at 49-5-4, with eight wins in their last nine matchups against the Buckeyes.
Sarver showcased his skills with another assist, marking his fourth goal contribution in three matches. Meanwhile, Henderlong scored three goals in his last four games, including both of this week’s matches.
Joey Maher notched his first points of the season, earning his first career assist.
Next up, Indiana will face Maryland on Friday, October 20, as they continue their Big Ten Conference journey. There are three conference matches remaining.
Written from and Indiana University Athletics press release.