Sept. 30, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana Women's Soccer team (6-6-1, 1-4 Big Ten) used a dazzling performance in goal from redshirt freshman Sarah Stone and a nifty header by Rebecca Candler for the game's only goal in a 1-0 win over Northwestern (4-7-2, 0-5 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium.
"Sarah has been working extremely hard in practice and we gave her the start in goal today," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said after the game. "She responded big time today with a number of high-level saves that kept us in the game and then preserved the win."
Candler's goal came off a long pass from Orianica Velasquez that found Candler perfectly in stride in the center of the box 15 yards out. As the Northwestern keeper came off her line to attempt to make a play on the ball, Candler was able to get her head on it first and head it down to the ground and sneak it just inside the right post for her fourth goal of the season. For Velasquez, it was her fourth assist of the year.
Stone, a redshirt freshman making her first collegiate start, recorded six saves in the game, with a number of them requiring extraordinary effort just to get a finger on the ball to force it wide of the goal. She also got some help from the crossbar, when the Wildcats' shot ricocheted off the crossbar and straight down without crossing the goal line before the Hoosiers were able to clear the ball.
The Wildcats also had two other breakaway attempts where it was one-on-one with Stone in goal and Stone was up to the task each time, smothering the ball before the Wildcats could get a shot off.
For the game, Indiana held a 11-10 advantage in shots and both teams drew five corner kicks in the contest.
This is the second consecutive season that the Hoosiers have defeated the Wildcats by a 1-0 margin.
The win also snaps a four-game losing streak, with the last three losses coming by one goal apiece.
Indiana will continue Big Ten play next weekend when they travel to Penn State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.