The Indiana men’s soccer team made the most of the chance to restart its season after nearly two weeks off on Thursday by cashing in on — restarts.
The No. 23 Hoosiers scored three goals off corner kicks and rolled past host Wisconsin for the second time in a month, 4-0, to bounce back from a 1-0 loss at Northwestern last time out.
It took some time for IU to find its stride, as both offenses sputtered out of the gate, neither putting a shot on goal through the first 20 minutes on the outdoor turf fields.
But when a corner kick goal was disallowed in the 22nd minute on an offsides call, it was a sign of things to come.
Just four minutes later, Spencer Glass’ corner kick was nodded home at the near post by sophomore Brett Bebej, who started in the midfield for the first time after filling in at left back for the past two games. With normal left back Nyk Sessock returning from injury, Bebej acquitted himself well in the new position by scoring his first career goal to make it 1-0.
It remained a one-goal game at halftime, thanks to a fine save from Indiana goalkeeper Roman Celentano, who stymied a 2-on-1 break from the Badgers. It was the only save of the half for Celentano, who added five saves in the second half en route to recording his third shutout of the season and 11th of his career.
Meanwhile, the Indiana offense was just getting started. After going 1-of-5 on corners in the first half, Indiana upped the percentages in the second half, finding the net on 2-of-4 opportunities.
However, the first punch the Hoosiers (3-1) threw in the second half was from the run of play as sophomore forward Herbert Endeley beat the keeper to double the lead less than two minutes after the break.
Eight minutes later, Bebej was back at it again off a Glass corner kick, this time getting the job done with a back post header for a 3-0 advantage.
The icing on the cake came in the 82nd minute Joe Schmidt hit the crossbar off a corner kick, and freshman Joey Maher put the loose ball home with a diving header at the back post.
Indiana is slated to make its Armstrong Stadium debut on Monday against Michigan State at 2 p.m.