Oct. 7, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The Indiana Women's Soccer team (6-7-1, 1-5 Big Ten) played right with No. 4 Penn State (12-2, 6-0 Big Ten) for the first 60 minutes but the Nittany Lions scored three times in the final 18 minutes to hand the Hoosiers a 5-2 loss at Jeffrey Field on Sunday afternoon.
Orianica Velasquez and Lisa Nouanesengsy tallied the goals for Indiana while Rebecca Candler was credited with her team-best seventh assist on the year. Sarah Stone once again played outstanding in goal for Indiana, registering a career-best 12 saves in the loss.
"Rebecca Candler was out of this world today and Sarah Stone was awesome once again in goal," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "Our back line of Molly Buynak and Ciersten Burks were great defending two of the best players in the conference. For 70 minutes it was the best we have ever played against Penn State, but in the final 20 minutes Penn State put some nice goals together and came out with the win."
Penn State got on the board first at the 5:33 mark in the first half on Chrisitine Nairn's 11th goal of the season. But just 36 seconds later, Orianica Velasquez put home a shot from nearly 25 yards out that snuck inside the far post for her fourth goal of the season and 23rd of her career. It also put her career point total at 58, which is tied with Kim Grodek for fourth place on the all-time list at Indiana.
Taylor Schram then put PSU back on top at 23:47 with her first goal of the season and the Nittany Lions took the 2-1 lead into the halftime locker room.
Indiana was able to fight back and even the game at 2-2 at the 60:00 mark when Lisa Nouanesengsy took a cross in the middle of the box from Candler and buried into the upper half of the goal. It was the team-leading seventh goal of the year while it was also Candler's seventh assist of the season.
The seven assists for Candler is tied for fourth on the single-season list at IU, just one off the single-season record.
But from there, Penn State scored three more times - two by Mallory Weber and one by Maddy Evans - in the final 18 minutes to hand the Hoosiers the loss.
Indiana returns home this week to take on in-state rival Purdue on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.