Offense Can't Get On Track in 2-0 Loss to Penn State
Oct. 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana field hockey team gave up two first half goals but played No. 9 Penn State even over the final 40-plus minutes in suffering the 2-0 defeat. The Hoosiers were only able to get three shots on goal while the Nittany Lions had seven.
Penn State got on the board in the 13th minute on a perfectly executed penalty corner that Mallory Weisen put away for her sixth goal of the season. Then, with a little more than five minutes left before halftime, Britney Long took a pass on the left side from Shaun Banta for her ninth goal of the year and a 2-0 Penn State lead.
The Hoosiers (6-6, 0-3 Big Ten) had a couple very good scoring opportunities in the first half to cut into the lead but Penn State goalkeeper Jen Beaumont was able to turn away all the shots on goal to get the shutout.
"I thought we capitalized on our chances over the 25 and had good control on offense," Indiana head coach Amy Robertson said about the play in the first half. "On defense, I was disappointed with how loose we played. We needed to tighten it up a little on the passes and get a little more organized. It was kind of a tale of two teams."
In the second half, Penn State 9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) continued to put pressure on the Hoosiers and began to limit the Indiana scoring chances a little more. But Indiana still had chances to score, including back-to-back penalty corners. But Penn State defenders blocked both of Amanda Oyler's shots and the Hoosiers continued to look for that elusive first goal.
For the game, Penn State doubled up the Hoosiers in penalty corners, 6-3 and had more total shots than the Hoosiers, 12-9.
Indiana goalkeeper Haley Exner made five saves in goal and gave the Hoosiers an opportunity to stay in the game. She has yet to allow more than two goals in a game this season and the two first half goals equaled the number of goals Indiana had allowed in all the previous first halves combined.
The Hoosiers will look to get their first Big Ten win of the season on Friday, Oct. 12, when they travel to the University of Michigan to take on the Wolverines at 3 p.m.
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