BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Senior Kim Grodek tallied a goal and an assist, and junior Lauren Fabbro recorded six saves, as the Indiana womens soccer team closed out their preseason with a 2-0 win at Armstrong Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The win closed out a perfect 2-0 preseason for the Hoosiers.
Indiana out shot WKU 20-10, and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. IU also committed just eight fouls, compared to the Hilltoppers 17.
I thought we came out and played hard and aggressive, said head coach Mick Lyon. We played a lot of people and everyone did a good job moving with and around the ball.
Indiana started the scoring as Grodek put in a penalty kick past WKU goalie Meredith Goodson, just seven minutes into the game. It was the second goal of the preseason for Grodek, who notched one against Kentucky in Fridays exhibition victory.
The attack is going real good for us, said Lyon. We are creating opportunities out there and Kim did a great job putting in goals all weekend for us.
IU took s 2-0 lead at the 13-minute mark, as the Hoosiers went on the attack firing three shots at the net. Goodson would block sophomore Megan Pipkens original shot, but the forward would eventually put it between the pipes. Grodek was credited with an assist on the goal.
Fabbro played all 90 minutes for the Hoosiers in goal, the second straight game she went the distance. The keeper finished with six saves, and stopped a total of nine shots in the two preseason games.
Lauren has done all right, said Lyon. I would really like to see her nasty side come out even though this is an exhibition, but I really like what I see out of her.
Indiana and Western Kentucky played a scoreless second half, but IU had chances to extend its lead even more. Freshman Kristen Radcliffe and Grodek each saw a scoring opportunity elude them, as their shots went off the post.
We had a chance to put more goals in but the most important thing is the way we all played and created, said Lyon. We wanted to score goals over the weekend and I think we did a pretty good job improving on that.
The Hoosiers will take Monday off, but will return to the practice field on Tuesday. IU will continue its preparation for its season opener on Friday, Aug. 27. The Cream and Crimson are set to take part in the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Invitational. Indiana will play Marquette on Friday and end the tournament against the host Panthers next Sunday.