FORT WAYNE — Femi Hollinger-Janzen has a history of performing well on the pitch at Carroll High School – he scored in the neighborhood of eight goals in nine career games there – and that was on display Saturday night when he had the lone goal in Indiana University’s 1-0 victory over sixth-ranked Washington in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.
“We had a couple high school tournaments here, and I scored some goals. It’s nice to be close to home, that’s for sure,” said Hollinger-Janzen, who is from Goshen and played for Bethany Christian.
It was the final game of the festival – it was supposed to be played at the Fort Wayne Sport Club but was moved because rain had ruined the field conditions – and Hollinger-Janzen found the back of the net in the 63rd minute after Tanner Thompson fed him a low pass into the penalty area from the left corner.
“Tanner just played a great ball inside, and it was just a little flick in for me,” Hollinger-Janzen said.
After spending the bulk of its existence at Hefner Fields, the festival was moved this year to the Sport Club. After going on without a hitch in the opening day Thursday, rain started wreaking havoc with the field conditions Friday.
All but one of the high school games Saturday were canceled, and the college games were moved to Carroll, where Taylor’s women defeated Indiana Tech 1-0 and Xavier’s men defeated IPFW 1-0.
“We certainly want to thank (Carroll soccer coach) Rollie Clements and Carroll High School for being accommodating,” said Terry Stefankiewicz, organizer of the festival.
“Our first thought was to go to Saint Francis because they have the turf field, and that would be good after all the rain, but they had a football game and that wasn’t a possibility. We turned to Carroll, and they were Johnny on the spot for us. They saved us. They’ve been wonderful.”
Stefankiewicz said the plan is still to return to the Sport Club next year.
“It has to be one of those freak things (that happened this year),” he said. “Somebody said it’s a numbers game and if you have five good years, you’ll have one bad year. But we want to have a backup plan in the future so if this doesn’t work (at the Sport Club), we’ll have other options. We were scrambling this year.”
IU had played a previous exhibition, losing 1-0 to Xavier on Tuesday in Bloomington. Washington played Thursday at the Sport Club, defeating Michigan State 1-0 on a Darwin Jones goal.
“Our team did a great job. Washington is a really good team and we met their standards, played our game. We had to meet our own expectations out there and play well. We moved the ball and played defense just as well,” said Hollinger-Janzen, who said teams won’t take the Hoosiers lightly this year, even though they’re unranked after going 8-12-2 last season.
“IU soccer is always great, and teams will expect to get a great game out of us,” he said.
Washington (16-2-4) unleashed a flurry of shots – one setup off a corner kick from the left, another off a cross from the right – and Hoosiers goalkeeper Colin Webb made three saves to keep it scoreless at halftime.
In the 48th minute, Washington’s Andy Thoma made a dangerous run down the left sideline and then crossed the ball to a teammate, but IU’s Grant Lillard was there to blast the ball over his own net and out of danger.
IU had a chance of its own in the 51st, when Andrew Oliver battled with defender Justin Schmidt before Herman sneaked between them to grab the ball. Later at the other end, Washington’s James Moberg had a header on net that was knocked away in the 62nd to keep it scoreless
Notes: In attendance were former IU soccer coach Jerry Yeagley, who won six national championships, and Bobby Clark, who coached Notre Dame to the national title last year.