Hoosiers Work Hard Through Spring; Prepared For Strong Regular Season
Bloomington, Ind. - The last spring game of the season for the IU womens soccer team took place last Saturday in Cincinnati, Ohio in the Cincinnati Classics BlueChip Showcase. The exhibition game pitted the Bearcats of Cincinnati against the Hoosiers.
Despite a strong performance by Indiana, the Hoosiers could not claim victory as Cincinnati made a late comeback from a one-goal deficit to win, 2-1. In the fall of 2002, Cincinnati was victorious over IU in a regular season match on the Cincinnati field, 3-1.
As has been the norm throughout the spring season, Indiana was dominant on the ball and created several quality scoring chances but were unable to find the back of the net.
The teams headed to into hafltime locked at 0-0. The Hoosiers opened up the scoring in the second half after freshman Kristen Zmijewski broke free from her UC defender and was knocked to the ground. Immediately, the Bearcat defender was red-carded and Indiana was given the penalty kick. Katie Cochran converted on the chance.
In regular season games, the red-carding of a player results in playing a player down throughout the remainder of the contest. As spring games are about getting better for both teams, head IU coach Mick Lyon agreed to allow head Cincinnati coach Meridy Glenn play with 11 players despite the rough foul. Instead of the expected substitution, the Bearcats re-entered the same player who had been ejected from the contest by fouling Zmijewski.
The teams played on with both sides finding chances and not being able to convert. The Bearcats converted on a breakaway as freshman goalkeeper Colleen Kalafut was unable to make the stop. The same Bearcat scored again moments later, with just eight minutes remaining in regulation, to put the Bearcats up by the winning margin.
"I'm very happy with the way this team has grown this spring - we took a lot that we had learned from the fall and continued to build on our technical play, our fitness and our overall understanding of the game, said Lyon. These players have worked tremendously hard through the winter and spring to be where they are today. I'll take all these ties and narrow losses in spring games, learn from that experience and trade them for wins in the fall when it matters. For this, we are well poised. We have 13 terrific players coming in to join the existing 15, and that makes for a brilliant squad this fall.