Hoosiers Open Spring Slate With Road Win at Tennessee, 3-2
March 2, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Indiana Women's Soccer team got the spring schedule underway on Saturday with a 3-2 win at Tennessee. Rising senior Lisa Nouanesengsy scored all three goals for IU while Rebecca Candler had a pair of assists.
"I am proud of them because they were disciplined on what we have been trying to work on in practice," Indiana head coach Amy Berbary said afterwards. "We did not let travel or weather get in our way. We were calm and composed and played well."
With the field covered in snow at the start of the game, both teams had their chances to strike early but could not find the back of the net.
Tennessee struck first in the half with a chip shot from 25 yards out that caught the IU keeper off her line and the Volunteers took a 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers controlled possession after the UT goal, keeping the ball on the ground and playing under control. With the attack starting from the back, the ball was eventually was sent to Candler, who beat her defender and drove a ball into the box. From there, Nouanesengsy ran onto the ball and drilled it into the net from six yards out to tie the game, 1-1.
With less than 10 minutes left in the first half, there was a scramble in front of the IU goal and the ball fell right to the foot of the Tennessee attacker and she scored to put UT back on top, 2-1.
As the first half was about to run out, the attack mounted from the back yet again and the ball founds its way to Nouanesengsy's foot and she blasted a shot into the upper 90 from just inside the box to tie the game at 2-2.
As the second half started, the snow was cleared from the field and both teams once again went on the attack. But just as the first half started, neither team was able to find the back of the net and the game remained tied, 2-2.
Indiana would take the lead for good when Candler dribbled across the top of the box and fired a shot that the UT keeper saved but Nouanesengsy was right there and hit it on the first touch from 12 yards out for her third goal of the game, and the game-winner.
The next match for the Hoosiers will be on March 23, when the current Hoosiers welcome back alumni soccer players. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET and will be played at the IU Women's Soccer practice field located at the corner of 10th Street and the Bypass in Bloomington.
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