Cincinnati, Ohio - The Hoosiers just cannot seem to find a groove as they fell to the Cincinnati Bearcats tonight, 3-1. In a non-conference matchup with No. 25 Cincinnati, the Hoosiers came away disappointed, but not disheartened.
"We're extremely disappointed," said head coach Mick Lyon. "We gave away three poor goals tonight. We had poor defensive play."
The first half was truly a defensive lockup as Shaunna Daugherty anchored the Hoosiers in the net and Lisa Tecklenburg and Carly Everett were able to ward off any Bearcat charges through 45 minutes of play.
Kristen Zmijewski exemplified her offensive energy, recording IU's first shot of the game. She would come through with four shots, three of them on goal, though she was not able to convert on any chance.
Cincinnati's Amy Simonson had two near-misses in the 20th minute, as the shots bounced off the right post of IU's goal. Lisa Stevens would come close again in the 29th minute as Daugherty punched the ball high and wide to avert the Bearcats' scoring opportunity.
Simonson continued to threaten the Indiana defense, but IU held strong through the first half and kept the teams locked at zero.
Near the end of the half, Kristen Sprunger exploded through the UC defense, only to be stopped by Bearcat goalkeeper Tracy Hale. With its offensive efforts thwarted, Indiana and Cincinnati headed into halftime locked at 0-0.
However, it did not take long for the scoreboard to move. Just two minutes and 50 seconds into the second half, Cincinnati's Tasha Wagner found her way through the IU defense and goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty to put the Bearcats ahead, 1-0.
Then the game got physical as the Hoosiers and Bearcats battled for position in front of the opposing goal. Cincinnati would amass 21 fouls in the contest to the Hoosiers 7.
The game went on with the Bearcats holding the advantage, taking the Hoosier defense by surprise in the 77th minute when Ashley Murphy found the back of the net, ultimately sealing the game with a two goal differential.
The Hoosier offense did not go unnoticed as they outshot Cincinnati 10-6 in the second half, finally scoring on a Shelly Gruszka ball in front of the net to put the game at 2-1 in the 87th minute.
The gap would not remain at one as Simonson again found paydirt, placing the score at 3-1 at the 87 minute mark.
"On the positive side, we can use this as a learning experience. After the first goal we gave up, we moved four players up front and played them man-to-man at the back. We learned things tonight that will benefit us later on," said Lyon.
The 3-1 loss drops the Hoosiers' record to 1-2-0 on the season. Indiana enjoys a week off before they host Xavier in a home opener at Armstrong Stadium next Thursday, September 12 at 6 p.m.