Indiana's Comeback Attempt Falls Short Against Iowa
Oct. 12, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Women's Soccer team (10-3-1, 3-3 Big Ten) got a late goal from Lisa Nouanesengsy to draw to within a goal of Iowa (11-3, 3-3 Big Ten), but that's as close as it would get as the Hoosiers fell to the Hawkeyes, 2-1, at Armstrong Stadium.
"We have to be mentally better and push through things when they don't go our way," Indiana head coach Amy Berbary said. "This was the most physical game that we have played this year and I don't think we matched their physicality until the end of the first half and it got us out of our game."
It was Iowa that got on the board in the 11th minute on a long shot from the right side of the box. After the Hawkeyes controlled play over the first 15 minutes, the Hoosiers found their stride on the field and began to pressure the Iowa goal. Although they did not score a goal in the first half, IU took the momentum into the locker room.
The Hoosiers continued to build momentum to start the second half, but on the first counter attack by Iowa, the Hoosiers were called for a foul inside the box and Iowa was awarded a penalty kick. Melanie Pickert stepped up and scored just inside the upper left corner to put Iowa ahead 2-0 in the 50th minute.
At that point, the Hoosiers played with a sense of urgency, knowing they needed two goals to tie the game. They would find their first goal in the 76th minute when Abby Smith found Nouanesengsy outside the box on the left side. She took two touches and then drilled a low shot inside the right post to cut the Iowa lead to 2-1.
Just a couple minutes later, Kayleigh Steigerwalt broke loose on the left side and sent a cross into the box. The curling ball found the head of Monica Melink just outside the 6-yard box but her header sailed wide of the right post. Indiana continued to push for the tying goal over the final 10 minutes but were not able to find the equalizer.
The loss is the first at home for the Hoosiers this season (8-1).
Shannon Flower made two saves in goal for Indiana while Hannah Clark collected five saves for Iowa.
The Hoosiers will return to the pitch next weekend for a pair of Big Ten Conference road games at Michigan State and Michigan.
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