CINCINNATI, Ohio -
The Indiana Women's Soccer team jumped out an early lead against Xavier (3-4) and never looked back on their way to a 5-0 win over the Musketeers. Rebecca Candler scored a goal and added two assists for a career-high four points in a return to her home state.
The five goals are the most since scoring six times against Butler on Aug. 21, 2011.
Indiana held a 16-12 edge in shots for the game, with 11 of the shots coming on goal while just three were on goal for Xavier. All three shots on goal were very dangerous but IU goalkeeper Shannon Flower (Columbus, Ohio) was up to the task, making a trio of diving saves at close range.
In the fourth minute, the Hoosiers put together a beautiful combination play with Rebecca Candler (Medina, Ohio) and Orianica Velasquez that put Candler into the box. As she continued to pursue the XU goal, the ball was knocked away by a Musketeer defender and Rebecca Dreher (Westlake, Ohio) pounced on it from six yards out on the right side and chipped it over the diving keeper to put the Hoosiers ahead, 1-0, on her second goal of the year.
In the 13th minute, Candler found a loose ball on a breakaway and used her speed to out-race the XU defender to the ball and beat the keeper low on the left side to make it 2-0 in favor of the Hoosiers. For Candler, it was her third goal of the season.
The pressure by the Indiana attack continued later in the half with Monica Melink (Cincinnati, Ohio) doing the honors this time in the 39th minute. She took a pass from Lisa Nouanesengsy (Huber Heights, Ohio) out wide on the right side of the box and made a move back towards the middle of the field and fired a left-footed shot that skimmed just under the crossbar and inside the back post for her first goal of the season and second career goal.
And with the first half winding down, Flower punted the ball well beyond midfield and when the XU defender's header attempt went awry, Jessie Bujouves
was able to head it over the Musketeer defense right to Jordan Woolums
who tipped it past the keeper for her second goal of the season.
The four first half goals were the most by IU since scoring five goals in the second half against Butler on Aug. 29, 2010.
Following a 45 minute delay for lightening in the area shortly after the start of the second half, the teams returned to the field and struggled to return to the pace of play prior to the delay.
But in the 66th minute, Candler's stellar individual effort saw her end up with the ball on the left endline, where she crossed the ball to the back post to the head of Bekah White and into the back of the net for her first career goal to give Indiana a 5-0 lead.
Indiana will return to Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when they host Indiana State at 7:30 p.m. ET.