Two Early Goals Stand Up In Hoosiers 2-1 Win Over Miami
Oct. 5, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After playing their last three games on the road, the Hoosier field hockey team returned home on Friday afternoon and picked up a 2-1 victory over the Miami University RedHawks at the IU Field Hockey Field. Amanda Oyler and Meg O'Connell scored the goals for the Hoosiers while Haley Exner made five saves to preserve the win.
Indiana (6-5, 0-2 Big Ten) head coach Amy Robertson made a couple changes to the starting lineup on Friday and it didn't take long for the changes to pay dividends. In the ninth minute, Oyler scored her second goal of the season on a perfectly executed penalty corner. Meg O'Connell and Meredith Brown picked up the assists on the play.
Less than two minutes later, freshman Brenna Moeljadi, making her first start of the season, took a pass on the right side following a penalty corner and sent the ball across the front of the goal to Meg O'Connell who finished it off for her fourth goal of the season.
The Hoosiers took that lead into halftime and looked to rely on their defense in the second half to make it stand up. They did just that until the 50th minute when Miami found a loose ball in front of the goal after a penalty corner and put it past Exner before she could react to cut the lead in half.
But a complete team effort by the backs kept the RedHawks (4-8, 2-2 MAC) off the board the remainder of the game to hang on for the win.
"I thought this was a very good game for us in preparation for Penn State on Sunday," Robertson said afterwards. "We got back to `Hoosier Hockey' today and will look to carry that over to our next game against Penn State."
The teams were nearly even in shots in the first half, with IU holding a 7-5 advantage. But the Hoosiers let loose in the second half, launching 14 shots. Indiana also doubled up the RedHawks in penalty corners, 10-5.
Indiana will return to its home turf on Sunday for a Big Ten battle with the Penn State Nittany Lions at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Brent Stover doing the play-by-play and Karen Weaver as the color analyst.
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