Field Hockey Blanks Radford, 3-0
Sep 8, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the second consecutive contest, the Indiana field hockey team did not allow a goal as the Hoosiers blanked visiting Radford, 3-0, at the IUFH Complex. The back-to-back shutout victories are the first sequential shutouts for IU since the 2007 season, when Indiana defeated Saint Louis (Sept. 2) and Ball State (Sept. 8) with scores of 8-0 and 2-0, respectively.
The Hoosiers 3-0 win brought their weekend scoring differential to 14-0, the largest scoring margin in consecutive games in program history. Rachel Stauffer added to that number today with her first goal of the season, and Karen Lorite struck twice this afternoon to mark the second straight contest with a multi-goal performance by an IU player, a feat that has not happened since 2011 when Morgan Fleetwood did so with a pair of goals versus Miami (Ohio) and Duke two seasons ago.
Maggie Olson (2-2) was solid in the cage, collecting her second straight shutout victory. She made two saves on the day, including a key block in the 56th minute when Radford's Marianna Parker broke free of the IU backfield and fired at the net. That attempt was just one of two shots on goal, as the IU backfield minimized the Highlanders attack and allowed just six shots total.
Indiana's attack had 22 shots on the day with 12 on goal. It would be the third shot at the cage that would find the back of the net in the 11th minute. After IU drew a penalty corner, Supica passed across the top of the circle to Heilman who connected with Lorite at the left side of the cage to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
Stauffer slid through the Highlanders' defense in the 20th minute, opening herself up for a pass from Dye across the mouth of the cage. Stauffer got a piece of it and sent in through the posts to put the home team ahead, 2-0.
The Hoosiers would add some insurance in the 22nd minute with Lorite's second goal of the day. Bowker sent a pass from the right side of the circle to find Lorite, whose shot snuck through several Radford players to bring Indiana to a 3-0 advantage.
Indiana would be held scoreless through the second half, but the Hoosiers never surrendered a goal in the final 35 minutes to preserve the win.
The Hoosiers will remain in Bloomington next weekend for a pair of games at the IUFH Complex. Indiana hosts Missouri State on Friday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. as well as Robert Morris on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
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