Indiana Drops First Game Of The Year, Falling 3-1 at Ohio State
Sept. 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Indiana women's soccer team (8-1-1, 1-1 B1G) dropped its first game of the season on Thursday, falling at Ohio State (7-1-2, 1-0-1 B1G) by a score of 3-1. Abby Smith scored the lone goal for Indiana with the assist going to Rebecca Candler but it was not enough to overcome three first half goals by the Buckeyes.
"I thought we played a better second half," Indiana head coach Amy Berbary said. "Unfortunately, in the game of soccer, you can't play for only 45 minutes and expect to win."
Shannon Flower made a season-high five saves in goal for the Hoosiers, who held a 16-12 edge in shots for the game, including 10-5 in the first half. But the Buckeyes were able to find the back of the net three times on their five shots and that proved to be the difference in the game.
The initial scoring chance for IU following the first OSU came off the head of Kayleigh Steigerwalt when Rebecca Candler crossed it from the right side into the box. Steigerwalt's header attempt trickled just wide of the left post, but that would not be the end of the IU attack.
They continued to pressure the Ohio State goal with Nouanesengsy getting off a shot from the left side of the box that sailed just high. A couple minutes later she was open at the top of the box, but her shot was saved on a diving attempt by the OSU keeper.
After the Buckeyes added two more goals before halftime, the Hoosiers were looking at a 3-0 deficit going into the locker room.
Indiana started the second half with a heavy push towards the OSU goal and finally broke through in the 65th minute. Rebecca Candler broke free down the right sideline and sent a low cross into the box to a wide open Abby Smith, who buried it inside the far post to cut the OSU lead to 3-1.
For Smith, it was her fourth goal of the season while Candler collected her third assist of the season and 14th of her career. She moved into a tie for fifth place on the Indiana career assists list with the helper as well.
The Hoosiers continued to generate chances during the second half but were not able to put together the final touches needed to find the back of the goal.
"For us, we walk away from this game early in the Big Ten schedule as a learning experience," Berbary Said. "It's one that shows us that you have to play the full 90 minutes if you want to have success."
The Hoosiers will take on Penn State in Happy Valley on Sunday with kickoff slated for 12 p.m. ET on BTN.com (subscription required).
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