CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Junior Robin Barker scored two goals and senior Kim Grodek added two assists as the Indiana women's soccer team defeated Florida International 5-1 in the first game of the Miami Invitational on Friday afternoon.
It was a tightly called contest, as both teams combined for 42 fouls and six yellow cards. Indiana (3-1) received 27 of those fouls and four yellow cards.
IU got on the scoreboard early, as sophomore Megan Pipkens took a pass from fellow classmate Missy Vierling and headed in it just three minutes into the contest.
IU would extend its lead to 2-0 on freshman Kristin Radcliffes first collegiate goal at the 8:47 mark. The forward was able to get in the box and put it by Panthers goalie Carly Agro. Junior Kristen Zmijewski and sophomore Carrie DeFreece assisted on the play.
Radcliffe is starting to come along, said Lyon. She was hurt her senior year of high school and played in just a handful of soccer games before she got to camp. Since then she has really improved, and everyday she is getting more comfortable with the ball at her feet.
DeFreece would give IU a 3-0 advantage. Off an offensive mishap by FIU, DeFreece streaked down the field and took a pass from Pipkens, notching her first goal of the season.
I was really happy to see our forwards score today, said Lyon. They did a good job of attacking the net, while our midfielders really controlled the ball and spread it around on offensive.
Florida International (1-4) scored its lone goal in the second half at 59:27. The IU defense broke down allowing the Panthers to get in the box, as Janessa Taddei scored her fourth goal of the season.
As a whole I think our defense looked, said Lyon. We rotated a lot of people in and aside from the one goal, they played well.
Barker and Grodek would hook up twice in the final 11 minutes of play to seal the victory for Indiana. At 79:23 Barker would take a cross pass from Grodek and put it in for a 4-1 lead. Nearly three minutes later, the duo would connect again as Grodek feed Barker a pass and the forward put it in the right corner for IUs fifth goal.
Barker really had some good timing today, said Lyon. Our offensive did a good job of spacing out, and we were able to finish off shots.
The Cream and Crimson will be back in action tomorrow, Sept. 11, as the Hoosiers go up against #18/24 Auburn at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. CST). The match was originally set for Sunday, but the threat of Hurricane Ivan forced the schedule change.