Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team defeated Southeast Missouri State tonight in Cape Girardeau, Mo. for its second straight shutout of the season. Shaunna Daugherty and Kristin Pimlott combined to anchor the defensive effort in goal for IU while Erin Hesslebach was the lone goal-scorer for the Hoosiers, as the second goal was a SEMO own-goal.
The Hoosiers jumped out to the early lead, scoring in the eighth minute of play when senior co-captain Kara Bryan took the corner kick for IU and junior Hesselbach was able to convert on the header.
"Hesselbach not only scored the game-winning goal tonight but she was highly instrumental in getting the shutout defensively. Kara Bryan found her touch tonight in linking with the front players and was very effective," said head coach Mick Lyon.
Bryan led the Hoosiers with five shots, three of them on goal while Carly Everett was able to grab two scoring chances of her own.
The second Hoosier goal came courtesy of the Otahkians as an Indiana corner kick and traffic in front of the goal turned into a SEMO own-goal as a defender headed the ball past her own goalkeeper. Indiana's Jenny Mann was able to record the assist in the melee that occurred in front of the Otahkians goal.
"SEMO played us very difficultly," said Lyon. "Everything was stacked against us - the travel, the astroturf, the strength of the other team - but we were able to play a very solid game and overcome those odds for the win."
The win takes the Hoosiers' record to 3-2-0 for the season with the Big Ten conference schedule beginning Friday when Indiana hosts Wisconsin at 7 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium.