Bloomington, Ind.-- In an exhibition game held at Armstrong Stadium, the Indiana women's soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Senior Emily Hotz scored the lone goal of the game in the 82nd minute after a corner kick from freshman Ali Brown. Freshman Carrie DeFreece headed the ball on to Hotz who in turn found the back of the net.
"It was really exciting," said Hotz. "It was a great ball by Ali (Brown) and Carrie (DeFreece) kind of flicked it toward me, and I just headed it in. I was in the right place at the right time."
DeFreece also added an offensive spark, looking comfortable on the field, despite it being her first game.
"I was really nervous in the beginning." said DeFreece. "It was much quicker and more physical than I thought. Once I got settled in and as the game went along I was fine."
The Hoosiers controlled the tempo of the first half, and had several good looks at the goal. Their first chance came up short after Emily Hotz dribbled around her defenders and shot the ball just wide of the goal.
Midfielder Ali Brown also had a good look at the goal just before the end of the first half. Her boot from the right side of the box just nipped the top of the crossbar.
Head Coach Mick Lyon was happy with the performance of the Hoosiers' in their first game.
"To get a goal off with less than 10 minutes to play, and then hold them until the end was very impressive," said Lyon. "I was also very proud of our physical stamina. With the new substituting rules and not being able to re-enter the game multiple times, it is very important that the team is in great physical shape. We held to those rules tonight even with this being an exhibition, and I was very proud of our team's physical strength."
The Hoosiers return to the field for their second exhibition match on Sunday when they face Indiana State at 2 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium.