Hoosiers Put Forth Strong Effort, Break Even Over Weekend
April 17, 2003
Hoosiers Undefeated Against Missouri & Ball State; Travel To Cincinnati for Weekend Game
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Bloomington, Ind. - On Friday, April 11 the IU womens soccer team took on Missouri in St. Louis. The Hoosiers and Tigers met in the regular season where the Hoosiers won in double overtime, 2-1.
Four of the players on the IU roster hail from St. Louis and returned home for the game which proved to be physical and fast. Indiana held control of the ball for significant periods of time throughout the game, but could not finish the many scoring chances created by the Hoosiers.
The second half against the Tigers continued much as the first as both teams really demonstrated commitment to attacking soccer and the search for a goal and the win. IU showcased a high fitness level but still, no chances were converted and the battle royale ended up stalemated at 0-0.
"We are very pleased with our battling performance (against Missouri), said head coach Mick Lyon. Our commitment to team fitness and attacking soccer really was exemplified during the latter stages of the game. We created plenty of chances, now all we have to do is put the ball in the back of the net."
The next day saw the troops pull into Kuntz Stadium for an intrastate showdown with Ball State University at the inaugural Indiana Showcase event. Once again, despite having much of the play and several chances, the Hoosiers couldn't find the back of the net more than once. The Cardinals went up, 1-0, with a nice breakaway to get on the board. It was freshman Kristen Zmijewski who knocked in the IU goal after a Shelley Gruszka drive rebounded off the Cardinal goalkeeper.
The inevitable tiredness of playing two tough games in less than 24 hours began to tell a little on the Hoosiers, but they battled on, creating several excellent scoring chances. Once again the Hoosiers did not win, nor did they lose.
"Another game of well-crafted chances without the killer blow" said Lyon. "Our players really need to commit to finishing in that danger zone right in front of goal - the Kill Zone. We played very well this weekend, with everyone playing significant minutes. Results notwithstanding, I'm happy with the development of the team".
The Hoosiers conclude their spring playing season with a tilt in Cincinnati this weekend as the highlight game of a College Showcase Tournament for High School prospects. The Blue Chip Showcase will feature hometown UC Bearcats against the Cream and Crimson at 5 PM at Kolping Park on the west side of Cincinnati.