Columbia, Mo. - - They were fired up and searching for the first win of a new era in Hoosier women's soccer. They would have to look all the way through double overtime. Kara Bryan came up with the Hoosiers' golden goal on a pass from Shelly Gruszka in the 107th minute to give IU the 2-1 victory.
"It was just a perfect ball by Shelly (Gruszka)," said Bryan. "We've been working on shooting a lot in practice. It was really just perfect."
With a new head coach, a host of new freshmen players and a fresh attitude, the 2002 squad has been eagerly looking to begin their streak of success. They found it tonight in the Nike Tiger Invitational.
When asked about how it feels to get his first win as head coach of the Hoosiers, Mick Lyon replied as the leader of a team with a fresh start.
"It's really more important that the team got its first win. I told the girls before I came in that I would develop a way for them to win games, to be a team that finds a way to win games. We found the way to win a tough game tonight," said Lyon.
Indiana came out of the gate charging, still in search of their first win of 2002. Kim Grodek went straight to the goal, with a shot on goal in the first minute of the game. Though the Hoosiers were unable to convert then, it did not take much longer.
IU opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Kristen Zmijewski beat her Tiger defender and put the ball 10 yards in front of the goal. Shelly Gruszka would capitalize on the opportunity, scoring her first goal of 2002 and the sixth of her career. The assist marks Zmijewski's first point in collegiate play in just her second start for the Hoosiers.
Indiana's defensive contingent held strong until the 37th minute when Mizzou's Adriene Davis scored on a pass through the Hoosier defense from Karen Bauer.
IU would not let up as Kate Kastl immediately took the ball to the other end of the field, narrowly missing the Tiger net as her shot flew wide left.
Frustration on the offensive end of the field would characterize the evening for IU until they found the back of the net on the game-winner from Bryan on the Gruszka assist.
Shaunna Daugherty came up with a huge save in the 84th minute when Mizzou took a corner kick and nearly scored, but Daugherty had the hands and the placement to deny the Tigers the hotly-contested win.
IU goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty held off Mizzou's offensive attack with nine saves on the night.
The Hoosiers record improves to 1-1-0 while Missouri falls to 1-1-0. Missouri got its first regular-season win over No. 23 Illinois in the Nike Tiger Invitational on Friday.
Indiana next travels to Cincinnati where they will face the Bearcats Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
YC - MU #13 Lacy Moore (51:10)
MU #12 Kristen Heil (65:48)
IU #8 Kara Bryan (55:10)