Oct. 21, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana women's soccer team (9-8-1, 4-6 Big Ten) saw it's three-game winning streak come to a close in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday at Armstrong Stadium, allowing a pair of late goals to Wisconsin in a 2-1 loss. The Badgers scored both of their goals in the final seven minutes of the game.
Indiana took the lead in the 15th minute on Lara Ross' shot from 25 yards out in front of the goal. The ball snuck in the goal under the crossbar and over the outstretched hand of Wisconsin (12-5-1, 5-4-1 Big Ten) goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson to put the Hoosiers in front, 1-0. It was the second goal of the season for Ross and Bekah White was credited with the assist, her first of the year.
The Hoosiers took that lead into the locker room at halftime and held a 6-4 edge in shots at that point and 3-1 on corner kicks. But the Badgers put pressure on the IU goal to start the second half but Sarah Stone and the defense were up to the task at the start.
The Hoosiers had a pair of golden opportunities to add to the lead midway through the second half but were unable to convert. The first chance came when Rebecca Candler broke in on goal on the left side and fed a ball into the center of the box to a wide open Lisa Nouanesengsy, but the ball skipped over her foot as she tried to put it home and the Badgers cleared it.
Later in the half, Gunderson came out of the UW goal to take a free kick 30 yards out on the right side, but her kick went directly to IU's Orianica Velasquez near midfield. Velasquez tried to put a shot on goal before Gunderson could get back on her line but the ball trickled wide right.
At the 83:49 mark of the game, McKenna Meuer chipped one over the head of Sarah Stone
to put Wisconsin on the board and tie the game. Then with less than one minute remaining, Joana Bielefeld tapped home a rebound off the post for the game-winning goal.
Sarah Stone made three first half saves in her sixth start of the season for the Hoosiers.
Indiana will host Ohio State in the regular season finale on Friday, Oct. 26, with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. ET. It will be Senior Night prior to the game as well as Alumni Weekend.
The Hoosiers still have an opportunity to finish in the top eight of the Big Ten standings and advance to the conference tournament through a number of scenarios. That picture will become more clear following the completion of play today across the conference.