Indiana Drops Regular Season Finale at Minnesota, 1-0
Nov. 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team closed out the regular season on Friday night playing its fourth game in eight days against some of the top teams in the Big Ten Conference. Friday night called for a trip to Minnesota and the Hoosiers hung tough but suffered a 1-0 loss to the Golden Gophers.
"Asking our players to play four of the top five teams in eight days in a conference as tough as the Big Ten called for a heroic effort," said Indiana head coach MickLyon. "But our players played extremely hard all the way through the final whistle but we just came up a little short tonight."
Minnesota got the game-winning goal in the 79th minute when Molly Rouse scored her fifth goal of the season on a corner kick with the assist going to Katie Bethke. Indiana goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth made five saves in a losing effort for the Hoosiers.
Indiana (10-7-2, 2-6-2 Big Ten) had the first shot of the game and then got their only two corner kicks of the game in the first half before Minnesota (12-5-3, 5-3-2 Big Ten) was able to get its first shot. The teams went on to finish the first half with four shots apiece.
Then in the second half, the Gophers hit the post with their first shot of the half less than three minutes into the half. They followed it up with two more shots on goal that Hollandsworth saved to keep the game scoreless. The Hoosiers tried to break into the scoring column on shots by Orianica Velasquez Herrera and Carly Samp but UM keeper Cat Parkhill was up to the task.
Indiana must now sit and wait to have its postseason fate determined by the NCAA Selection Committee. The teams that have made it to the NCAA Tournament will be announced at 8pm ET on Monday on ESPNews.
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