Two Second Half Goals Lift Hoosiers Over Ball State
Sept. 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana had control of the game in the first half and came away with nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. Ball State battled back in the second half, but was not able to get anything past IU goalkeeper Haley Exner. In the end, it was the Hoosiers that cashed in on their opportunities to come away with a 2-0 victory at home.
In the opening stanza, Indiana out shot the Cardinals, 13-4 and even earned a penalty stroke. But Ball State was able to fend off all the chances and keep Indiana off the scoreboard. The penalty stroke by IU's Meredith Brown hit the left goal post and went wide to keep the game scoreless.
The Hoosiers also earned seven penalty corners to the Cardinals one in the first half. Ball State goalkeeper Tiffany Shifflett contributed to the offensive woes for Indiana by making nine saves.
In the second half, IU continued to be effective on offense, but Ball State created more pressure in the Indiana defensive end. But IU defenders Danitra Castro and Lucy Ireland were up to the task, turning away nearly all the chances.
The Indiana (4-1) offense got on the board early in the second half on a nice individual play by sophomore Meg O'Connell. O'Connell was able to split two Cardinal players just outside the left side of the circle. She was able to get around another defender before feeding the ball to a wide open Haley Funk by the right post, who put it home for a 1-0 Indiana lead.
One of the few times that Ball State (1-5) was able to get by the Indiana defenders and had a one-on-one with Hoosier keeper Haley Exner, it was Exner that went to the turf to block the low shot and preserve the lead for the Hoosiers.
Exner finished the game with a season-high seven saves for her second shutout of the season.
With about ten minutes left in the game, brief, but heavy rain showers passed through, but play continued. The Hoosiers didn't miss a beat as Kate O'Connell scored he fourth goal of the season off a set play on a penalty corner.
O'Connell started the corner with a pass to Meredith Brown at the top of the circle. Brown then passed over to Amanda Oyler, who faked a shot and found O'Connell on the left side. O'Connell took it from there, sending the shot over the keeper's right shoulder for the goal.
Indiana will continue its five-game homestand with games against Ohio University and Wake Forest University on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Ohio will also take on Wake Forest on Saturday. Wake Forest entered this week ranked #5 in the latest STX/NFHCA Coaches Poll and Ohio was ranked #10.
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