On a beautiful fall afternoon, the IUPUI men’s soccer team played their last home game of the year at Carmel High School. The Jags were unsuccessful in finishing off their season at home with a win, as they fell to Oral Roberts University 3-1 Saturday afternoon.
The IHSSA State Soccer Finals were being held at the Jaguars home field, Kuntz Stadium. IUPUI held practice on Friday at Carmel High School’s Murray Stadium in preparation for their conference game.
The run of play continued back and forth between the Jags and Golden Eagles until the 37th minute when Oral Roberts middle fielder, Paul Oliver shot from 20 yards out and tucked the ball just inside the net.
IUPUI was able to quickly tie up the score in the 42nd minute with a header by Yogi Snider.
“We had four early missed chances,” head coach Isang Jacob said after the loss. “We were chasing goals.”
After another goal by ORU in the 51st minute, putting the Golden Eagles up 2-1, Snider received a yellow card for disagreeing with the goal. This was Snider’s fifth yellow card for the season, forcing him to sit out next week for the last game of his career.
With emotions flaring, the game became more physical and ORU player Paul Oliver was issued a red card for intentionally kicking Snider during a play. Now with one less player than IUPUI, the Jaguars held an advantage at the 60-minute mark.
The field evened out in the 81st minute when IUPUI defender, Joshio Sandoval was issued a red card due to a dangerous tackle.
With just less than three minutes left to play, IUPUI goalkeeper Tyler Keever challenged the ball at middle field leaving the net open and allowing ORU forward Aaron Birk to score the last goal.
The 3-1 loss to the Golden Eagles left the Jaguars 6-9-2 for the season and 2-2-1 in the Summit. The loss Saturday will cause an impact in the race for a spot in the 2011 Summit League Tournament.
“I am disappointed in our leadership,” Jacob said.
Next week, the Jaguars will finish their regular season against Oakland on Nov. 5 in Rochester, Michigan. The game will begin at 7:00p.m.
ORU 1 2 – 3
IUPUI 1 0 – 1
ORU – Oliver, Paul (37’) unassisted; Smirlis, Elias (51’) from Hernandez, Marco; Bird, Aaron (88’) from James, John David
IUPUI – Snider, Yogi (42’) from Hyland, Kyle
ORU – Red Card: Oliver, Paul (58’) for an intentional kick
IUPUI – Yellow Card: Snider, Yogi (51’) for dissent; Red Card: Sandoval, Joshio (81’) for an aggressive challenge
On a windy afternoon, the IUPUI women’s soccer team played their final Sunday of the season. Unsuccessfully closing their 2011 season, the women fell to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 3-2 on senior night.
The final game played no importance in determining entrance into the Summit League Tournament, as IUPUI had already slipped out of the running. The game ended with nine Jaguars being recognized for their final year with the program.
“The seniors are leaving a positive legacy,” said head coach Chris Johnson.
Oakland controlled possession of the game early on, outshooting IUPUI 5-1. Early saves by IUPUI goalkeeper Giselle Guzman left the game scoreless until Oakland’s first goal in the 33rd minute.
IUPUI was able to answer the goal with a shot from middle fielder Taylor Heidorn 15 yards out, assisted by Kelli parks. This was Heidorn’s sixth goal of the season.
Quickly surpassing IUPUI with two quick goals, Oakland scored in the 40th and 43nd minutes of the game, ending the half at 3-1.
Biggest play of the afternoon for IUPUI came from senior Megan Hock in the 80th minute as she scored her 32nd career goal, setting a new school record.
“I’m so excited,” said Hock. “I wanted to make a difference in the program, not just the team, and I’ve made a difference in myself.”
The Jaguars finished the afternoon 3-2 against Oakland, ending their season. The women completed the year with a 3-12-4 overall record and 2-6-1 in the Summit League.
“The year didn’t go as well as expected,” said Johnson. “Some very special players are leaving, but we have a big incoming freshman class and some great returning players.”
Hock had nothing but high hopes for the returning Jags in their future soccer career. “They will just need to get more wins and come together as a team.”
A warm congratulations goes out to the IUPUI women’s seniors as they leave a positive mark on the Jaguar soccer program.
Oakland 3 0 – 3
IUPUI 1 1 – 2
Oakland – Doyle, Shannon (33') from Reynolds, Meghan; Reynolds, Meghan (40') unassisted; Penz, Jordan (43') from Ring, Erin
IUPUI – Heidorn, Taylor (35') from Parks, Kelli; Hock, Megan (80') from Pierce, Kristin
Oakland – Doyle, Shannon (86')
IUPUI – None