Hoosiers Drop Heartbreaker in OT to No. 13 Louisville, 3-2
Oct. 25, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Indiana field hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime at No. 13 Louisville on Thursday, as Allison Maffitt scored her second goal of the game for the game-winner. Indiana got goals from Meg O'Connell and Amanda Oyler in the second half to take a 2-0 lead but could not hang on down the stretch.
The Cards dominated play in the first half, posting 13 shots and drawing nine penalty corners while the Hoosiers failed to get a shot or draw a penalty corner in the half.
Despite all those stats, the Cardinals were not able to break into the scoring column, thanks to the spectacular efforts of senior goalkeeper Haley Exner. Exner made seven saves in the half, numerous of the amazing variety and also got some help from the left post on a couple of occasions.
The tide shifted to the Hoosiers (7-9) favor early in the second half, as they were able to draw their first penalty corner of the game less than four minutes into the half. On the ensuing corner, Danitra Castro fired a shot on goal that was saved by Louisville goalkeeper Marie-Claire Heller. But the rebound came right to the feet of sophomore forward Meg O'Connell who slammed it into the back of the goal for her fifth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for the Hoosiers.
The Cardinals (14-5) would dominate play yet again over the next ten minutes of action but were turned away by the IU defense.
After the Hoosiers were able to clear the ball to their offensive end, they drew a pair of penalty corners. After coming up empty on the first one, the second corner resulted in the second goal of the game, this time courtesy of Amanda Oyler, her fourth goal of the season and second in as many games. Kate O'Connell pushed the ball out of the corner to Meredith Brown who dropped a perfect pass to Oyler at the top of the circle who put it home.
The assists were O'Connell's sixth and Brown's ninth, extending Brown's school record to 36.
Slowly the momentum swung back in favor of Louisville on their 18th corner of the night, when Allison Maffitt took a pass from Nicole Youman on the right side and deflected it into the goal to trim the IU lead to 2-1.
The Cardinals capitalized on their 19th corner of the night with 20 seconds left in regulation when Julie Barton put home a deflected penalty corner to even the game at 2-2.
Just 44 seconds into overtime, Allison Maffitt took a pass in the middle of the circle and beat Exner for the game-winner and a 3-2 Louisville win.
Exner finished the game with 12 saves and allowed more than two goals in a game for the first time this season.
Indiana was outshot 25-4 in the game and drew just three penalty corners to the Cards 19.
Indiana will close out the regular season at home on Sunday against Northwestern at 1 p.m. The Hoosiers will honor the six seniors approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.
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