MILWAUKEE - Senior Kim Grodek scored her first career hat trick and assisted on another goal, as the Indiana womens soccer team won its season opener 4-0 over Marquette on Friday night.
The hat trick was only the fourth ever in the 12-year history of the varsity program. Grodeks seven points also tied Wendy Dillinger for the second most points in a match.
This is what you expect out of your leader, said head coach Mick Lyon. She played outstanding tonight, right from the start attacking the net.
Freshman Lindsay McCarthy scored the other IU goal, while sophomore Megan Pipkens added two assists on the night.
The Hoosiers got out to an early 1-0 lead, as Grodek netted her first goal just four and a half minutes into the contest. Grodek streaked through the defense and took the feed from Pipkens notching the score.
McCarthy would extend the IU lead to 2-0 at the 23:30 mark. The Cream and Crimson would bring that lead into the half.
I thought we really took the game to them, said Lyon. Offensively we did a great job of attacking and getting off quality shots.
Grodek would sit the first 13 minutes of the second half before reentering the match. She returned to the field at 58:23, where, just 24-seconds later, she took a pass from Pipkens and put it between the nets for her second goal.
Grodek wrapped up her career night with a goal at 88:15, off a corner kick by junior Robin Barker.
She is a special player for us, said Lyon. "We wanted to score some goals early and she was able to do that for us."
Junior Lauren Fabbro posted her first career win and shutout as a Hoosier. The keeper turned away five shots on the night.
Lauren did a great job tonight, said Lyon. They had some chances off corner kicks, but she was able to keep them off the scoreboard.
IU limited Marquette to just 10 shots, five on goal, compared to the Hoosiers 14 shots, 10 on the net.
Defensively we played extremely well, said Lyon. I was not that happy about out defense in the preseason, but tonight we rotated a few people and they did a great job on the road against a good scoring team.
The Cream and Crimson will next play the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday, Aug. 29, in the championship game of the Milwaukee Cup. The Panthers downed South Dakota State 2-0 on Friday. Match time is set for 2:30 p.m.
Match Notes: IU is now 8-3 all-time in season openers...Kris Fosdick (9-6-1998 vs IUPUI), Abby Ryan (9-8-1996 vs Pittsburgh) and Wendy Dillinger (9-9-1994 at Northwestern) are the only other Hoosiers to record a hat trick, though none of them accomplished the feat in a season opener...Fosdick also holds the school record with eight points in a game, during that 1998 affair against IUPUI...the last time Indiana won a tournament was in 2000 when IU won the Vermont Classic, defeating New Hampshire and Vermont 3-0.