Indiana Closes Regular Season with 2-1 Win Over Northwestern
Oct. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana field hockey team picked up a 2-1 win at home over the Northwestern Wildcats on Senior Day Sunday afternoon. Katie Kiper scored her second goal of the year in the first half and Meg O'Connell found the goal in the 53rd minute for her sixth goal of the season and third game-winning goal on the year.
The Hoosiers (8-9, 1-5 Big Ten) were determined to send the six seniors out on a high note with a win and were able to do just that.
"It is great to have the seniors go out with a win," Indiana head coach Amy Robertson said. "Our team really worked hard today to make sure that these seniors got a win in their last home game because they have all worked so hard over the course of their careers."
Kate Kiper was able to get her stick on a shot from Brenna Moeljadi from the top of the circle following a penalty corner and deflect it past Northwestern (3-13, 0-6 Big Ten) goalkeeper Emily Kyle for the goal.
Neither team was able to get complete control of the game over the next 15 minutes until Northwestern got a breakaway and drew a penalty on Indiana and was awarded a penalty shot. Amanda Care made it pay off for the Wildcats with her third goal of the season to tie the game a 1-1.
Midway through the second half, sophomore Meg O'Connell continued her offensive tear. She controlled the ball on the left side and spun back towards the middle and launched a shot that was deflected by the Northwestern defender but beat Kyle in goal to give IU the 2-1 lead. It was O'Connell's second goal in as many games and gives her five points over the Hoosiers' past three games.
"We worked on it this week in practice in our shooting drills inside the 25-yard line," O'Connell said after the win, "and I think that really helped me feel more confident to just get in the circle and take the shot. And the last couple games they have been going in."
Northwestern had a couple chances near the end of the game, but senior goalkeeper Haley Exner and the Hoosier defense was up to the task as they have been all year.
"Our possession was the key today," Robertson said. "We stayed poised when Northwestern put pressure on us and made some great outlet passes out of it. We were able to change the angle on the passes so they became easier.
"Our defense was more organized today than maybe at any point so far this season and that led to them being more confident back there."
And Exner was very happy to get the win, not only because it was Senior Day, but also going into the Big Ten Tournament this week in Columbus, Ohio.
""It was awesome to get the win on Senior Day today," Exner said. "We played with so much adrenaline and heart. We also played really well as a team today and I think that is what allowed us to get the win."
With the win, the Hoosiers will be the sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament that begins on Thursday, Nov. 1. Official pairings for the tournament will be made available as soon as possible. Check back with IUHoosiers.com later on Sunday or Monday morning for more information.
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