Sept. 21, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ----- MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Dejan Jakovic showed why he is one of the top players in the nation, as the junior scored two goals, including the game-winner with just over a minute remaining in regulation, to lead the UAB men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over No. 10 Indiana on Friday night.
The win marked the Blazers' fifth straight victory after opening the season with two losses, outscoring the competition 13-1 during that stretch.
"Dejan was absolutely the man tonight," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "I am extremely pleased with our performance. This was a great game and Indiana played well, but our guys did exactly what we asked of them and because of that, we got the result.
"Anytime you come to play a game at Indiana, it is going to be tough," Getman continued. "They had over 2,000 fans and it made for a great atmosphere. This was a great win for our program and a great win beating the No. 10-ranked team in the nation at their place."
Earlier in the season, the Hoosiers defeated two of the top teams in the country on their home field, topping then-No. 1 UCLA. However, Friday night's game was a different story as the Blazers came to play from the opening kick off.
UAB struck first in the 12th minute when Jakovic took the ball near the midfield mark and ran down the right sideline, burning past the IU defense to put a shot into the upper left corner for the lead.
The score remained that way until the 58:23 mark, when IU's Rich Balchan won a race for the ball and took his shot from about 12 yards out. With UAB goalkeeper Wes Johnson out of position, a field player tried to step in and stop the shot but could not get a boot on it before it crossed the goal line.
However, the Blazers did not give up, even when things looked bleak. At the 82:39 mark, the Hoosiers were awarded a penalty kick after IU's Michael Roach was taken down in the box. Billy Weaver lined up to take the kick but Johnson made an outstanding diving stop to his left to keep the game tied at one. Johnson, who has captured two consecutive C-USA Defensive Player of the Week awards, had five saves on the night.
Jakovic then made the Hoosiers pay at the 88:53 mark. Junior midfielder Bobby Chanthongphio
slotted a ball to Jakovic who was in all alone on the IU goalkeeper Chay Cain. Cain made the initial save; however, the Etibicoke, Ontario native got the rebound and drilled home the game-winning goal.
The UAB victory marked the first time Getman defeated his alma mater, and is now 1-1-2 in four career games against Indiana. Furthermore, it is believed to be the first time a former Indiana player/coach has returned to Bloomington and defeated the Hoosiers.
"I thought we controlled the first half," Getman said. "In the second half, Indiana came out and played unbelievably well. Over the last 20 minutes, both teams had chances and we just took advantage. I feel like we are starting to play well as a team, both offensively and defensively."
The Blazers will put their five-game winning streak on the line on Sunday, Sept. 23, when they battle the Jacksonville Dolphins at West Campus Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. CT, and all students who come to the game and present a valid ID at the gate will receive free food throughout the contest.