Indiana tops Mexico U-17s

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Femi Hollinger-Janzen’s deft finish off a cross from Phil Fives in the 79th minute was the difference in a 2-1 win for the Hoosiers over the Mexico U-17 team in Bloomington Tuesday night.

The win was Indiana’s third in nine games against national teams from Mexico and the first victory over a Mexican side since 2010. The game was the last in the Hoosiers’ spring slate that included wins over NASL club Indy Eleven, Butler and Notre Dame and a loss to USL club Louisville City FC.

Junior Matt Foldesy opened the scoring for the Hoosiers, taking a pass from sophomore Billy McConnell in the 29th minute and hitting it into the upper left of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Ivan Gutiérez López scored just 41 seconds into the match for Mexico, but goalkeeper Colin Webb and the IU back line held firm the rest of the way. A shot by Joaquín Esquivel Martinez was cleared off the line by Foldesy in the 40th minute and Webb made a pair of saves.

Sophomore Tanner Thompson, who was his usual disruptive self creating chances, started the game-winning goal with a darting run up the middle of the field before dishing it to Fives, who missed all of the fall season after appearing in 15 matches his first two seasons. Fives’ left-footed cross was on the money, connecting with a streaking Hollinger-Janzen, who chipped his shot in off the bottom of the crossbar. The goal was the second of the spring the junior who scored five goals in the fall and has 14 for his career.

A crowd of 3,210 turned out at Bill Armstrong Stadium for the match.

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