Indiana Rolls Over Missouri State, 8-0
Sept. 22, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Indiana field hockey team earned a split of its pair of games in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend with an 8-0 victory over Missouri State. Haley Funk scored three goals for the Hoosiers while Kelsey Kiper and Margie Stoll each added their first career goals.
Right from the start, Indiana (5-4) was putting pressure on the Missouri State (1-8) defense, just as they have in so many games this season. But this time, they were able to convert the chances into goals to come away with the lopsided win.
"The big difference was our mentality," Indiana head coach Amy Robertson said. "We didn't need to talk about x's and o's. It was more about coming out with a positive mentality and playing with confidence."
Katie Kiper opened the scoring in the eighth minute by getting her own rebound and beating the Missouri State keeper. Then at the 13:03 mark of the first half, Haley Funk took over, scoring the Hoosiers' next three goals to put the game out of reach. Funk became the fourth Hoosier to record a hat trick and the first since Alina Valenti did so on Oct. 8 against Lindenwood last year.
"She played great," Robertson said. "She made rally good leads and her off-ball movement was really good. She put her self in the right position at the right time and was able to get three goals."
In the 41st minute, Margie Stoll found the back of the goal for her first career goal with the assist going to Kate O'Connell, her second of the day. Freshman Kelsey Kiper also got in the act with her first career goal on a breakaway from the right side to give Indiana a 6-0 lead.
"Margie played really good today" Robertson said. "It was like she had eyes behind her head with her passing today. On her goal, the ball came out to her inside the circle and she was ready for it and finished it."
"Kelsey made the decision to take a strong confident shot," Robertson said, "and was committed to it and put it past a very good keeper. She was played on the forward line and she is usually at the midfield so it is great that she can be that flexible and do well at both positions."
But they were not done, as Danitra Castro scored on a penalty stroke in the 59th minute and Kate O'Connell took a pass from Brenna Moeljadi and put home her sixth goal of the season for the final goal of the day.
Haley Exner made two saves in the first half to get the win in goal and Jobi Manson came on at halftime and made two save in the second half to preserve the shutout, the fourth for the Hoosiers this year.
Indiana outshot Missouri State 27-8 for the game and earned 11 penalty corners to the Bears' five.
Indiana will get back into Big Ten play next Sunday with a trip to Iowa City to take the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. CT.
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