HOOSIERS DOMINATE MONTANA 4-1
September 10, 1999 HOOSIERS DOMINATE MONTANA 4-1
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team captured its first win of the season with a crushing win over Montana 4-1 at Kuntz Stadium Friday night.
IU (1-3-0) scored three goals in the second half, with Kristen Sprunger, Kendal Willis, and Tracy Grose adding herb second of the game. The Grizzlies (1-2-0) managed just two shots for the game and never really threatened in the second half.
Sprunger, a freshman, tallied the first goal of her collegiate career and the final goal of the game at 89:04. Sprunger took a pass from Kate Kastl, also a freshman, and drilled the ball into net from 15 yards past Montana goalkeeper Natalie Hiller.
Willis scored her first goal of the season from 35 yards out.
"The ball was deflected out from a corner kick," said Willis. "I just hit it as hard as I could, and fortunately it went in."
IU took the game to Montana from the start, scoring in the 15th minute. Grose, a senior and All-America candidate, took a pass from sophomore Kelly Kram and put it in the lower left corner past the Grizzlies' goalkeeper Amy Bemis.
"The turning point was right at the beginning," said coach Joe Kelley. "We came out with a purpose and really dictated the pace of the game."
For Grose, this was the fifth multi-goal game of her career, which is second all-time at IU. Assistant coach Wendy Dillinger holds the record with seven multi-goal games from 1993-97. Grose, a St. Louis native was excited about getting a big win before the Saint Louis game.
"It's my senior year, and I'm from St. Louis, so Sunday will definitely be more than just a game," said Grose. "There is a lot of pride involved, and just that something extra that makes you really want to play well."
The Hoosiers host Saint Louis in their home opener Sunday at 6 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium. IU has won nine consecutive home games and could tie the school record of 10 with a victory Sunday.
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