CORAL GABLES, Fla. - One goal was all the Indiana women's soccer team needed as the Hoosiers defeated #18/24 Auburn 1-0 on Saturday night at the Miami Invitational.
Junior Robin Barker took a pass from junior captain Kristen Zmijewski and put it past Auburn All-America goalkeeper Megan Rivera at the 44:28 mark for the only goal of the contest.
"We talked all week about their goalkeeper being one of the best in the country and we needed to draw her out of the box," said head coach Mick Lyon. "Robin (Barker) did a great job of that and took the pass from Z (Kristen Zmijewski) and gave us the lead."
The IU defense played a strong game, limiting the Auburn offense to just three shots on goal, and a total of 10 shots in the game. Sophomore defender Missy Vierling led the defense by holding Chrissy Culver, the Tigers top goal scorer, to just one shot in the entire match.
Missy is as good as a defender as anyone in the Big Ten, said coach Lyon. She just does a great job every game in beating the other team to the ball. She held their best player to just one shot, which shows how well she played.
Junior Lauren Fabbro made three saves for her second shutout on the season. She also ran her record to 4-1 on the year.
Lauren did a fantastic job of organizing the defense and getting everybody together, said coach Lyon. She made three tough saves, including one great one late. They had a chance off a corner and she was able to deflect it over the post.
The last time IU defeated a ranked team was last season, when the Hoosiers downed No. 11 Ohio State 1-0 in Bloomington.
I think this game showed that we can play with the better teams in the country, said Lyon. This game also showed that we are learning to deal and play through adversity. We were able to put last weeks game behind us, as well as the weather concerns here and just go out and play a great game.
IU will return to the friendly confines of Armstrong Stadium this weekend, as the Hoosiers open up Big Ten play. The Cream and Crimson will host Minnesota on Friday. Sept. 17, at 7:00 p.m. and Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 1:00 p.m.