Hoosier Fall To Iowa In Big Ten Tournament
Nov. 1, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Indiana field hockey team ran into a tough Iowa Hawkeye team in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament and fell, 8-2. Kate O'Connell scored both IU goals in the loss, her sixth and seventh goals of the season, as she closed out her Hoosier career along with five other seniors on the team.
Indiana concludes it season with an 8-10 overall record while Iowa improves to 15-3 overall and will play Michigan State in the semifinals on Friday.
The Hawkeyes got on the board first when Roz Ellis put home a rebound after IU goalkeeper Haley Exner had made the save on the penalty corner.
Indiana responded a few minutes later as Katie Griswold took a pass from Margie Stoll in the middle of the field and made a nice pass through a couple Iowa defenders to Kate O'Connell who drove a backhand past Iowa goalkeeper Lissa Munley to tie the game at 1-1`.
Iowa responded with the second goal of the half, converting on another rebound following a penalty corner. Iowa would add another goal with three and a half minutes left before halftime when a long pass found the stick of Katie Naughton and she beat Exner to give Iowa a 3-1 lead.
Iowa extended its lead to 4-1 very early in the second half with a blast from the top of the circle on a penalty corner by Lauren Pfeiffer.
"They called our bluff on the press today," Indiana head coach Amy Robertson said. "They (Iowa) played an exceptional game and it just wasn't our day today."
Indiana quickly returned the favor less than a minute later on a penalty corner of its own. Kate O'Connell pushed the corner out to Meredith Brown at the top of the circle who then sent it over to Amanda Oyler who then sent a quick pass to O'Connell on the left side of the goal and she one-timed it past the Munley in goal to make it a 4-2 Iowa lead.
The Hawkeyes got another one-on-one situation with Exner in goal later in the half. Exner made the initial save on Caitlin McCurdy's shot but McCurdy stayed with it and punched it past Exner for their fifth goal of the game and a 5-2 lead.
Iowa's offense did not stop there; as they would go on to add three more goals to make it an 8-2 final. To show how solid the IU defense has been over the years, the eight goals scored was the most since Oct. 19, 2001, at Iowa when, Indiana lost by a score of 8-1.
Iowa owned a 20-4 advantage in shots and took seven penalty corners to the Hoosiers three, while Exner made eight saves in goal.
"Our record doesn't indicate how good of a team we are," Robertson said following the game. "We lost to a lot of top ten teams this year and we had tremendous growth throughout the season."
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