Local Sports Headlines: September 25, 2023

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Indiana University Football survives Akron in four overtimes
The Indiana Hoosiers had a battle on their hands Saturday Night at Memorial Stadium, and it took four overtimes to pull out a 29-27 win over Akron Zips. The Hoosiers are 2-2 on the season and travel to Maryland on Saturday at 3:30pm. Akron is 1-3 overall and host Buffalo at Noon. The Hoosiers are 4-0 all time against the Zips and 3-0 at Memorial Stadium but this was the tightest game in the series.

After a scoreless first quarter in which Phillip Dunnam picked off DJ Irons. The Hoosiers opened the scoring with 10:01 in the second quarter with a six-yard rush by Christian Turner for this second of the season to take a 7-0 lead. The Hoosiers Louis Moore intercepted Akron Quarterback DJ Irons and returned the ball back to the Zips four-yard line.  Like the last drive against Louisville last week the Hoosiers were unable to punch it in. Akron scored on a 25-yard field goal by Dante Jackson to make 7-3 with 1:51 left before halftime.  Tayven Jackson was picked off and the teams went into the locker room with the 7-3 scoreline.

In the Second Half the Zips scored with DJ Irons 14-yard touchdown run to take a 10-7 lead with 10:33 left in the third quarter. Jeff Undercuffler replaced Irons at quarterback and with 5:56 left in the third quarter he was picked off by Louis Moore who ran it back 22 yards for a touchdown as the Hoosiers take a 14-10 lead.  The Hoosiers extended the lead 17-10 with 8:05 left in the fourth quarter with 19-yard field goal by Chris Freeman. Akron scored on a 71-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Lingard with 3:34 left to tie the game at 17-17. Dante Jackson missed a 32-yard field goal with no time left in regulation and the game went to overtime with each team getting a possession from the 25-yard line.

In the first overtime Akron got the ball first as DJ Irons scored from 10 yards out on 3rd and 9. The Hoosiers responded as Tayven Jackson found Cam Camper on a 12-yard score as the game went to a second overtime tied 24-24. In the Second Overtime Indiana got the ball first and Chris Freeman hit a 27-yard field goal and Akron responded with a 23-yard field goal from Donte Jackson to tie the game at 27-27. In the third overtime the teams get 1 play for a two-point conversion and continue that until there is a winner. Neither team could convert and went to a fourth overtime tied 27-27. The Hoosiers got a Tayven Jackson to Dequece Carter conversion to go up 29-27. Akron had one last chance as DJ Irons pass was incomplete and the Hoosiers win the game.

Akron outgained the Hoosiers 474-282, the Zips had 24 first downs to 14 for the Hoosiers. Akron was 5-17 on third down conversions and the Hoosiers 3-14. Both teams were 0-2 on fourth down conversions. Tayven Jackson was 11-26 passing for 190 yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The Hoosiers receivers had several dropped passes and Jackson was overthrowing receivers. Christian Turner was the leading rusher with 13 carries for 67 yards as Indiana had 34 carries for 92 yards. Cam Camper who caught 2 passes of 40 yards or better finished 4 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. DJ Irons was 22-35 passing for 194 yards and 2 interceptions along with 141 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. Lorenzo Lingard who was the leading rusher and receiver coming into the game finished with 114 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Akron ran the ball 40 times for 263 yards and backup quarterback Jeff Undercuffler finished 4-7 passing for 17 yards and interception. The Hoosiers finish non-conference play 2-1 and now face a tough Big Ten Schedule the rest of the way with road trips to Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Illinois and Purdue. The Hoosiers host Rutgers, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Indiana University Women’s Soccer wins their fifth straight match after road win at Illinois
Indiana women’s soccer (8-0-2, 2-0 B1G) defeated Illinois (4-3-2, 0-0-2 B1G), 2-1, for their fifth straight win after senior midfielder Sofia Black scored the game winner in the 39th minute at Demirjian Park on Thursday evening. Indiana took the lead in the 19th minute after sophomore midfielder Natasha Kim steals possession with a solid tackle in the midfield as she dribbles down the field to find graduate forward Paige Webber inside the box. Webber found Bennett at the top left of the goalie box where she buried it into the back of the net. • Illinois found the equalizer in the 34th minute after what looked to be a cross but found its way in the far-left corner of the net. Black put the Hoosiers back in the lead right before the half as she intercepted a pass from sophomore forward Marisa Grzesiak. Black fired one right outside the six-yard box as the Illinois Keeper attempted the diving save, but the ball was still loose as Black dribbled the ball around the fallen goalie before angling her strike. The remaining 45 minutes was a defensive battle as the Illini looked for the equalizer, but the Hoosiers backline would hold strong.

IU is now 9-13-4 all-time against Illinois. The Hoosiers outshot the Fighting Illini 15-12 and led 8-4 in corners.  Through the first 10 matches, Indiana’s 8-0-2 record is the best start in head coach Erwin van Bennekom’s tenure. The current five game win streak is the longest under van Bennekom and the longest since 2013. Sofia Black nets her second goal of the season, the fourth of her career. Anna Bennett scores her 10th career goal for her third on the season. Paige Webber earns her third assist this season for her 25th point. Natasha Kim earns her first point on the year assisting on the first goal against the Illini. Jamie Gerstenberg has eight victories on the season and is seventh all-time in career wins with 18.  She is the seventh Hoosier to total eight wins in a season. She is one win away from tying her season record of nine that was set in 2021. The Birkenwerder, Germany, native six saves with 24 on the season, and 112 on her career.

Bloomington North Football continues to make history with a 6-0 start
The #2 Bloomington North Cougars made the long trip to New Albany Friday Night for Week 6 of the High School Football season and came away with a 49-14 win over the Bulldogs to go 6-0 for the first time in school history.  It was a rough start for the Cougars 52 seconds in after Tate Bless gained 19 yards but fumble the football and New Albany got the ball. The Cougars defense got a stop on fourth and one at Cougar 47-yard line as the Bulldogs went for it and were unable to get the first down. Dash King found Marshall University Commit Adian Steinfeldt on a 12-yard pass with 7:52 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.  Brayden Johnson scored a rushing touchdown and Steinfeldt scored with second receiving touchdown on the night as the Cougars led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Trey Scott who was filling in for an injured Kijuan Hayes scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 9:05 left in the second quarter to make 28-0. The King to Steinfeldt connection could not be stopped as they hooked up on 34-yard touchdown pass for their third of the night to make 35-0 with 5:14 left before halftime. Dash King threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night this time a 72-yard strike to Jorian Brooks to make 42-0 with 2:09 left in the first half. King was 14-18 passing for 205 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first half.    In the third quarter New Albany got on the board when Kenneth Watson scored from 1 yard out to make 42-7 with 6:03. Luke Freel took over at quarterback for the Cougars and scored a 1-yard touchdown with 5:50 left in the game. New Albany added a second rushing touchdown with 2:58 left with a 24-yard score from Dakota Henry. Bloomington North has won five straight matchups with the Bulldogs dating back to 2018. The Cougars will look to go 7-0 when they host 2-4 Columbus East on Friday night at 7pm.

The #5 Bloomington South Panthers had no problems with a 59-0 rout of the Southport Cardinals Friday Night at Fred Huff Memorial Field on the Southside of Bloomington. The Panthers led 17-0 after the first half with a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. A 24-yard field goal and 45-yard touchdown run by Gavin Adams. Jarrin Alley scored 2 rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and threw two touchdown passes as the Panthers led 45-0 at halftime. The Panthers scored 52 seconds into the third quarter on a six-yard touchdown run and added 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Bloomington South is 5-1 on the season while Southport is 0-6 and extends its losing streak to 28 games. Bloomington South will travel to 3-3 Columbus North on Friday at 7pm.

The Edgewood Mustangs lost 44-25 to the Indian Creek Braves on the road Friday night. The Mustangs fall to 1-5 on the season and have been battling injury issues all season. Coming into this game Edgewood had scored 21 points in the last four games. The Mustangs scored their most point in a game since their week 1 win over Mitchell when they put up 41 points. Indian Creek improves to 3-3 on the season has beaten Edgewood the last eight years dating back to win the Braves joined the Western Indiana Conference in 2016 Edgewood will host 3-3 Sullivan Friday Night at 7pm.

Indiana University Football lands 2024 in-state commitment from Fishers HS Running Back Khobie Martin
Khobie Martin announced his commitment to the Indiana football program on Friday. Martin plays running back for Fishers High School in Fishers, Ind., a suburb located just outside Indianapolis on the northeast side.  Though he was verbally committed to Miami (OH), Martin received a scholarship offer from Tom Allen on Sept. 14. He decommitted from Miami (OH) on Sept. 17, then committed to the Hoosiers less than a week later. Indiana was Martin’s first Power 5 offer, but he also held offers from Miami (OH), Austin Peay, Ball State, Eastern Kentucky and Illinois State.

Martin stands a 6-foot and 200 pounds. He’s considered a three-star recruit, ranked No. 1420 in the nation, No. 101 among running backs and No. 20 in the state of Indiana, per the 247 Sports Composite rankings.  Martin is in the midst of a big senior season for the 3-2 Fishers Tigers. Through five games, Martin ranks sixth among Central Indiana high school running backs in rushing yards. Through five games, Martin has carried the ball 105 times for 768 yards and 12 touchdowns, good for 7.8 yards per carry.  

Former Indiana University Women’s Basketball player Tyra (Buss) Davison playing in Spain
After spending her first professional basketball season in Lithuania alongside her Husband. Former Indiana University Women’s Basketball player Tyra (Buss) Davison and Former Wisconsin Men’s Basketball player Brad Davison have signed to play this season in Spain.  Tyra and Brad are living in Alicante, Spain which’s is located on the Mediterranean Sea in the southeast part of the Country. Brad signed with HLA Alicante in the offseason, and it was announced on Friday that Tyra has joined Hozono Global Jairis which is in nearby Alcantarllia, Spain.

Tyra has played two preseason games with the team and scored 11 and 15 points as the regular season got underway this weekend.  Tyra played for Asities in Kaunas Lithuania last season and in 26 games she scored 564 points averaging 21 points per game. Her best game came on February 18, 2023, when she scored 35 points. She scored 34 points on December 9, 2022, and 30 points on November 12, 2022. Tyra is the all-time leading scorer in Indiana University Women’s Basketball history with 2,364 points from 2014-18 along with school records with 574 Assists and 293 Steals. Tyra led the Hoosiers to the 2018 WNIT Championship and a 2016 NCAA Tournament Second Round Appearance along with WNIT Quarterfinal appearance in 2017.

Tyra is the 3rd IU Women’s Basketball that will be playing in Spain this season along with Aleska Gulbe and Grace Berger. Berger played 19 minutes and scored 12 points as her team Gernika beat Ensino 71-57 Saturday. Berger finished up her rookie season with the Indiana Fever in the WNBA and signed with the Spanish team this season to play in the WNBA Offseason as most WNBA players do. Gulbe is playing for Zaragoza and scored 8 points along with 4 rebounds in a 65-38 over Girona Saturday in 17 minutes of action. Gulbe is in her second season playing in Spain.  Former IU Women’s Basketball player Nicole Cardano-Hillary played in Spain last season but did not return to play this season. 

Brad who played at Wisconsin from 2017-2022 played with BC Nevezis-Optibet in Lithuania last season scoring 480 points in 35 games for a 13.7 scoring average along with 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Brad and South Florida grad Tyler Harris are the two Americans on HLA Alicante this season which also has players from Iceland, Canada, Sweden, Portugal, Czech Republic and Spain. Brad’s season gets underway on October 7th with a home game.

Indiana University Men’s Soccer drops road contest at #25 Michigan State
Indiana men’s soccer (3-3-2, 0-1-1 B1G) couldn’t break No. 18-ranked Michigan State’s (5-0-2) undefeated start, falling 2-1 in the Big Ten road match at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing Michigan Friday Night. IU came back from down 1-0 in the first half thanks to junior forward Samuel Sarver’s second goal in as many matches. A 77th-minute penalty to MSU settled the match as the Hoosiers couldn’t recover in the final moments.

In the sixth minute opportunities came early for both teams as senior goalkeeper JT Harms was forced to make a diving save to his left in the early going. Five Minutes later IU looked to be in first as sophomore forward Luka Bezerra played an incisive through ball to Sarver. Sarver’s attempt made MSU redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Zac Kelly stretch, and he put his leg out just in time to keep it out of his goal. In the 15th Minute Michigan State opened the scoring as freshman forward Richie Ludwig cut across the 18 from the right wing and fizzled a shot to the back post. Five Minutes later a pinpoint pass from junior midfielder Patrick McDonald found Sarver past his mark and into the 18. Sarver blasted his equalizer off Kelly’s hands and into the back of the net. In the 36th minute Junior forward Tommy Mihalic saw a shot from distance trickle about a foot wide of goal. At the end of the first half with the second score and an 8-6 shot advantage, IU had the momentum going into the second half.

 In the second half after Indiana had trouble clearing a free kick out of the box, Ludwig pushed a rebound uncomfortably close to the post but out of play. In the 58th minute coming from the left side, Mihalic cut in and blasted a shot on goal that the keeper was forced to save.  Mihalic again caused trouble in the 72nd minute, curling a shot that Kelly fumbled in front of goal. Freshman forward Collins Oduro rushed to rebound it, but the MSU keeper pounced on it just in time. Five minutes later MSU sophomore Jonathan Stout cut inside the box from the left wing in front of freshman Justin Shreffler. Shreffler stuck a leg out, Stout went down, and the referee blew and pointed to the spot. After a lengthy review, the call stood, and junior midfielder Sean Kerrigan converted the spot kick.

Indiana fell to Michigan State for the first time since 2014 and 44-9-5 against the Spartans all-time. IU gave up double-digit shots and multiple goals for the first time in eight matches. Sarver scored for a second straight match and extended his team lead in scoring (3) and points (8). Two Hoosiers made their season debuts. Redshirt freshman Breckin Minzey totaled 24 minutes in his first-career appearance in cream and crimson. Redshirt senior and Bloomington North Graduate Andrew Goldsworthy saw the field for the first time since 2021 after missing all of last season to injury. Indiana returns home to Bill Armstrong Stadium, where it is 3-1-1 with four shutouts this season, on Tuesday to host Michigan in Big Ten Conference play. Kickoff is set for 7pm and fans can watch the match on the Big Ten Network.

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