Sept. 2, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -
The Indiana women's soccer team suffered a 5-0 loss to No. 5 Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon at TD Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. The Waves (4-1) scored four times in the first half but the Hoosiers (3-2-1) battled through the second half but were not able to break into the scoring column.
"In the second half, we competed in the second half and were really on the attack," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "We created a couple free kicks and hit the frame and the follow-up shots were blocked on the line. But we came out here to learn a little about ourselves and it was a successful trip in that respect. We have become a much better team as a result of playing out here this weekend against two very good opponents."
Statistically, the game was very even with the Waves holding a 16-13 edge in overall shots and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. But Pepperdine keeper Roxanne Barker made nine saves in goal to preserve the shutout while Amanda Lacave scored four goals for the Waves.
Orianica Velasquez tallied eight shots in the game for IU, with six of those attempts ending up on goal. Rebecca Candler had three shots while Abby Smith and Lara Ross were also credited with shots in the game.
Shannon Flower took the loss in goal for the Hoosiers, allowing four goals and making three saves before Sarah Stone came on to play the second half and made one save while allowing one goal.
Lacave scored in the third, 19th and 26th minutes of the first half and then again in the second half at in the 54th minute. Lynn Williams scored the other goal for the Waves in the 25th minute.
Indiana had a great chance to get a goal back in the 24th minute but the shot by Velasquez sailed high over the goal. Velasquez tried to get IU onto the scoreboard in the 59th minute with a low, hard shot that curled just wide of the goal. In the 61st minute, Velasquez stepped up and took a free kick from 20 yards out but Barker was there to make the diving save.
The Hoosiers return to the pitch on Friday when they travel to Xavier to take on the Musketeers at 7:00 p.m. ET. Fans can get the most up-to-date information on Indiana Women's Soccer by following @IUWSoccer on Twitter.