Bloomington, Ind. – No. 4 Indiana will face No. 16 Kentucky this Wednesday at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium in a game where Indiana will try to defend several streaks against a tough Wildcats team.
Indiana (7-1-2, 3-0-0 B1G) has started to catch its stride as the season has progressed after having a rough start where four of its first five games went to 2OT and the other went to OT. Indiana has been consistently near the top of the rankings, but has dropped a few places from 5th last week. Indiana has its sole loss during its trip to Butler.
Kentucky (6-1-2, 1-0-1 SEC) has been putting on a defensive showcase as of late with its last goal scored on them being nearly a month ago. They have played two ranked teams thus far (No. 11 Xavier and No. 12 Charlotte), but failed to capitalize a victory either of those matches as they ended in ties. Their sole loss on the season came when they traveled to play rival Louisville.
Indiana and Kentucky have a well-known basketball history between the schools, but their soccer history is much less known. In fact, it is an extremely lopsided history where Indiana holds a 25-2-3 record over their rival. Last year, Indiana was ranked No. 2 when they traveled to Lexington to play a No. 4 Kentucky team and fell 3-0 in front of a record crowd at the Bell Soccer Complex. This snapped a 9-game win streak against the Wildcats that the Hoosiers acquired. Kentucky has not won in Bloomington since 1995 and Indiana has not ever lost twice in a row to Kentucky.
It will be interesting to see the lineup for the Hoosiers when they face Kentucky Wednesday after all the lineup changes they have shown in the last several weeks. They have the luxury of the return of Junior forward Ian Black who played against the Nittany Lions and will be an important factor going forward for the Hoosiers.
After this game, Indiana has 6 more games before the Big Ten Tournament, 5 of which are against conference opponents. The Big Ten Tournament starts November 10.
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