Hoosiers Bested by No. 13 Penn State, 2-1
Oct. 28, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the second consecutive game, the Indiana women's soccer team played a strong road contest but came up on the wrong end of a one-goal decision, falling 2-1 to No. 13 Penn State on Sunday. Lindsay McCarthy scored the lone goal for the Hoosiers (12-4-2, 5-3-1 Big Ten), who outshot the Nittany Lions 11-7 in the contest.
Penn State scored the game's first goal at the 48:54 mark on a strong play by Carly Bedesem and Katie Schoepfer. Bedesem fed a square ball to a streaking Schoepfer into the center, and the sophomore sent her 10th goal of the season into the right side of the net to make the score 1-0. Sheree Gray was also credited with an assist on the play.
IU knotted the game at 55:18 on a relentless effort by McCarthy. The senior applied heavy pressure to defender Maura Ryan on the right side, and Ryan's misplayed her pass to keeper Alyssa Naeher, and McCarthy was able to make a sliding shot into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season. The Galloway, N.J., native's 12th career goal moved her into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list.
Schoepfer struck again at 68:20 with her second of the game and 11th of the season. Bedesem sent the ball to the top of the box and Schoepfer turned and sent a sliding shot into the lower left corner to take a 2-1 lead. Bedesem and Aubrey Aden-Buie picked up the assists on the tally.
IU nearly netted the equalizer in the 77th minute. After an IU corner was cleared, Chloe McKay sent a ball into the box, where Jessica Boots put a head on it. Boots' shot carried just wide to the near side as the score remained 2-1 in favor of the home squad. In the 83rd minute, Katy Stewart nearly tied the game again, but her shot went just above the crossbar.
The Hoosiers played a strong first half against the Nittany Lions, who entered the game with a 52-game home unbeaten streak in Big Ten play, as they posted a 4-3 shot advantage going into a 15 mph wind. Indiana had a brilliant opportunity in the 17th minute. Lindsay McCarthy took the ball in the center of the field and lofted a ball over the PSU defense and to a streaking Leigh Anne Cummings. The freshman moved in and unleashed a shot that went just over the crossbar as the game remained scoreless.
Penn State nearly took the lead in the 21st minute, with Jessie Davis missing a header just wide off a free kick from just outside the box on the right side. The Hoosiers got the next strong opportunity in the 37th minute on a gorgeous play by Chloe McKay. The Suffield, Conn., native anticipated a pass and dribbled into the box, sending a perfect cross to Kristin Arnold. Arnold ripped a shot toward the lower left corner, but Naeher made a diving stop to keep the game scoreless.
The Hoosiers will conclude the regular season on Friday, when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for a matchup with arch-rival Purdue. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. EDT.
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