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What we learned from Indiana’s 3-0 win vs. Dartmouth

Saturday night’s 3-0 win over Dartmouth was a prime example of how Indiana can assert its dominance at any given moment — great defensive play, winning the possession battle and finding multiple goal-scorers.

The match also gave us a glimpse of how good this team can be. It was tough to tell just how good the Hoosiers were going to be in 2018 after a tough first two games to start the campaign. After its performance against Dartmouth, it was clear how good this Indiana team can be.

Let’s dive into some takeaways from the match and what this result means for the team moving forward.

The Defense Has Settled In

IU’s back line looked like a solid defensive unit through the first two games of the season. There were some growing pains that were evident, and the few mistakes the defense made were costly.

Saturday night was a totally different story.

Freshman Jack Maher was brilliant again in the center back role alongside senior Timmy Mehl and has only gotten better as the season has progressed. The partnership between the two looked strong against Dartmouth.

Maher has lived up to expectations so far and Saturday night was no exception. He had some key tackles in the right moments and is part of the reason why Indiana was so dominant defensively. The Big Green only had two shots all night and none on target.

This was one of the best defensive performances in recent history as Dartmouth couldn’t get anything going offensively for the majority of the night.

Senior right back Rece Buckmaster and Gutman were superb down the flanks and threatened offensively on top of that. The overlaps between the full backs and wingers kept the Big Green on its toes.

Andrew Gutman Might Have Taken Another Step Up

Gutman had as good of a performance as any against Dartmouth and was all over the field for the Hoosiers. He was stellar on defense, keeping Dartmouth’s wingers in check.

On top of his defensive duties, Gutman was a headache for Dartmouth all game. He constantly overlapped with senior Cory Thomas on the wing and was able to intervene in the midfield when needed.

His assist to sophomore attacker Griffin Dorsey for IU’s second goal split three different defenders in one bending ball. Gutman said after the game he saw Dorsey making the run and knew he had to deliver.

After Saturday’s game, it’s clear how important Gutman is to this Indiana team. While he’s on the field, he makes IU better on both the offensive and defensive end, and he has become more of a midfield threat so far this season, too.

There were times against Dartmouth where Gutman was dribbling and facilitating through the midfield while he was on the ball. It shows how much Gutman brings to the table in terms of versatility.

It’s easy to see why he was ranked as the preseason No. 2 player in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer.

Griffin Dorsey Continues to Show His Importance 

Dorsey bagged another goal Friday night, and he showed again why he’s so important to Indiana’s attack. Someone has to fill the void left by Mason Toye, and it could very well be Dorsey.

He’s shown his willingness to get up the field and look to make a run towards goal. The goal he scored in the second half was all created by catching the defense off guard with his run. Gutman was able to make a great pass, and Dorsey managed to take care of a one-on-one situation with the keeper.

When Dorsey was ticking last season, so was the rest of the team. This might be the case once again this season, but if he continues to score goals consistently, he could be more important to the Hoosiers than he was last year.

Notes:

  • Joe Schmidt, Ian Black and John Bannec all played five minutes or more. This could be a group who sees more playing time down the road.
  • AJ Palazzolo was played up top while he was in the game, and we could possibly see this with him in the starting lineup if he continues to impress.
  • Trey Muse recorded his second clean sheet of the season.
  • Trevor Swartz had his second assist of the season off of a set piece once again.

Michael Ramirez

I am a junior from Dallas, Texas, and am currently studying Media in the Media School and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. I worked for the Indiana Daily Student for the past two years where I covered men’s basketball, men’s soccer, water polo and cross country. I also served as the Sports Editor in the Spring of 2018. I am a member/radio host for WIUX, and I host a weekly podcast to talk anything and everything sports. Past internships include Digital Content for FC Dallas and sports reporting for Star Local Media. You can reach me at michrami@iu.edu or on Twitter @michrami_ for all your Dallas and Tottenham sports takes.

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