No. 19 Indiana Drops Big Ten Opener On the Road To Northwestern, 1-0
Sept. 25, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. - The 19th ranked Indiana women's soccer team (8-2, 0-1 Big Ten) suffered a tough 1-0 loss at the hands of Northwestern (4-5-1, 1-0 Big Ten) on a goal in the 81st minute. The Hoosiers out-shot the Wildcats, 9-8, but put six of those on goal compared to just two for Northwestern.
"We had three really good opportunities to score a goal tonight and were not able to put the ball past the keeper," said IU head coach Mick Lyon. "We played very good soccer, in terms of playing the ball to each other's feet and making good passes, but the different style of Northwestern was something that we need to adjust to better in the future so we can win these Big Ten road games."
Then in the second half, IU put together a nice combination play that put Devon Beach on goal but she was not able to convert the chance and the game remained scoreless. Carly Samp looked to have a scoring chance of her own on a through ball but was flagged for offsides on a very close play.
In the 81st minute, NU's Alicia Herczeg put home a header off a free kick for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
IU keeper Lindsay Campbell made two saves in the losing effort while Edwards made six saves in goal for Northwestern.
Friday night's shout marked the first time since Oct. 10, 2008 at Wisconsin that the Hoosiers did not score a goal, a span of 14 games. That is the longest streak of games with at least one goal scored since 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Hoosiers scored in the final game of the 2000 season and then added at least one marker in the first 13 games of the 2001 season.
No. 19 Indiana returns to action on Sunday in Madison, Wis., against the Badgers starting at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.
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