Hoosiers Down Pacific, 2-1 In Season Opener
Aug. 25, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Hoosiers got the 2007 season started on the right track with a 2-1 victory over the Pacific Tigers in Berkeley, California on Saturday afternoon. Kelsey Kiper and Kate O'Connell scored goals for Indiana, who won their season opener for the fourth time in the last eight years.
Both teams showed first game jitters in the first half, as neither team was able to get on the scoreboard. Indiana outshot the Tigers, 5-3, in the first half and 9-4 for the game.
"It wasn't a pretty game," Indiana head coach Amy Roberson said. "The first half was pretty stressful for us. We didn't really get a lot going in terms of possession and decision-making."
The whole team began to settle down in the second half after freshman Kelsey Kiper beat the Pacific goalkeeper for the first goal of the season for the Hoosiers. The assist went to here sister, Katie.
"Our first goal of the season was scored by a freshman," Roberston said, "which is awesome. She (Kelsey) just used her speed and got a nice pass from her sister, Katie, and fired it past the keeper. It was a nice sister connection."
Almost exactly ten minutes later, senior Kate O'Connell gave IU a 2-0 lead with her first goal of the season. It came after Danitra Castro blasted a shot towards the goal off a corner and O'Connell was there to finish it off.
"The second half was much better," Robertson said. "We scored a couple goals and executed much better. We got more composed and more confident (in the second half)."
Pacific would try to mount a comeback, with Erica Nestle scoring the Tigers' lone goal in the 63rd minute.
But Indiana senior goalkeeper Haley Exner was up to the task, making two saves to earn her first win of the season.
Indiana will have little time to celebrate their season-opening victory, as they return to the field on Sunday for a game with the University of California, Berkeley. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. PDT.
"We were able to play a lot people today," Robertson said. "So that will help us come back a little fresher tomorrow against Cal."
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